I’m so proud of our legislators and governor for passing the recent “Plastic Bag Bill” into law in a beautiful display of bipartisan support. It has renewed my faith in our democratic processes, as I joined fellow Vermonters in speaking up to help get the bill passed.
Contrary to what Rob Roper wrote in his column last week, this is democracy at its best: concerned citizens getting involved with their elected officials to make legislation for the betterment of us all.
My 12-year-old son can understand the science of how plastics are having a detrimental effect on our environment; how the fossil fuels used to produce and transport plastics are polluting our air and waters. New solutions are needed to address these major challenges, and it may be time for ideas like Mr. Roper’s to be set aside to allow space for fresh approaches.
The passing of this bill should, indeed, be celebrated. I can now look a deeply concerned 12-year-old in the eye and say that when we work together, positive change can happen, and that we are doing something good for future generations. Hope is contagious. Let's keep it going.