At Youth Lobby Day, 400 young Coloradans urge their lawmakers to move beyond plastic

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Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

Author: Aaron Colonnese

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Brown University

Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.

We have a chance to dramatically reduce waste in Colorado. And young people in the Centennial State are already on board.

On March 10, CoPIRG, Environment Colorado and other advocacy groups organized the second annual (and first virtual) Plastic Pollution Youth Lobby Day. More than 400 students from across the state lobbied Colorado legislators via Zoom, urging them to support the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Among other necessary policies, the legislation will set clear deadlines for restaurants and retailers to phase-out single-use plastics such as polystyrene take-out containers and plastic bags.

"Plastic pollution is the most extant danger facing not only humans, but also the entire Earth — polluting our air, water, food and soil," said student Madhvi Chittoor, age 9. "This bill shows our elected officials' capability and will for bold action to do the right thing and move beyond plastic."

The bill is sponsored by state Reps. Alex Valdez and Lisa Cutter and state Sen. Julie Gonzales.

Watch the lobby day.

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Photo: Students from across the state logged on to speak with their representatives about the importance of zeroing out plastic waste. Credit: Staff

Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

Author: Aaron Colonnese

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Brown University

Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.