Letters: Our overreliance on plastic (11/28/19)
Our overreliance on plastic
It’s fairly clear we will always have plastic in today’s world. But maybe we should be asking ourselves how badly we need that single-use bag or container. The visible trash and invisible microplastics are a detriment to the health of all the planet’s inhabitants. This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a multicultural and worldwide problem that isn’t going away easily.
We might want to consider refusing plastic. Consider that one small grocery store in Durango uses 15,000 bags per day. Just one store! Just one day! Next time you shop, can you take a reusable bag? There are even free ones available in Durango made from old T-shirts. Anyone can make these bags.
Ultimately corporations must take responsibility for reduced and smart packaging. However, we can influence this through our purchasing power and grassroots demands.
This isn’t going to be easy, but we can do it for your future generations. For the planet.
Sarah Musil Burris, Durango
U.S. must fight climate change
Re: “60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change … ,” Nov. 18 news story
Will floods that are a little bigger, sea-level rise that is inches or feet higher, wildfires that burn a little hotter and larger, or storm surge (from a little more powerful hurricanes) that goes a little further inland, overcome the protective barriers of Superfund sites? Although the Government Accountability Office has concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency ironically disagrees. Who is right? We may never know.
Reasonable actions to reduce climate change are needed. American society should demand a tax on fossil fuels to more readily decrease coal, oil and natural gas-induced carbon dioxide and climate warming. Revenues could be sent back to consumers to neutralize energy costs to consumers. Taking such actions would serve as a model for other countries to take on this global problem. America should lead by example.
Robert Brayden, Lakewood
I am a proud Denver native and live and work in the Denver-metro area. I’ve noticed what once was our beautiful city skyline become increasingly more obstructed by smog, often making it barely visible. I can’t help but compare our Colorado skies with those of L.A. Sadly, it seems like we are now another example of a city like Los Angeles, engulfed in pollution.
Although this new realization is grim, I try to remain optimistic and hopeful. I have started researching which elected officials are backing environmental solutions. I write this urging Coloradans not to support any candidate for U.S. Senate who does not strongly support solutions to our air quality and climate crisis. Our Colorado way of life has been threatened and we must speak up to protect our environment.
Justin Roybal, Denver