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L.A. becomes biggest city in U.S. to approve ban on plastic bags

 

Source: http://bostonherald.com/news/national/west/view.bg?articleid=1061133986

 

By David Zahniser and Abby Sewell / The Los Angeles Times
Thursday, 24-May-2012 

 

"My hope is that so few paper bags will be used as a result of this measure that the formal ban ... on paper bags may not even be necessary," said Councilman Paul Koretz, who initially had hoped to prohibit paper as well.

 

Councilman Bernard C. Parks cast the lone opposing vote, saying the city lacked information on potential health hazards from reusable bags.

 

Employees of plastic bag companies - many in T-shirts with the message "Don’t Kill My Job" - pleaded unsuccessfully with council members to change course, saying they feared they would soon be unemployed.

 

An industry group warned that the council’s decision will threaten the jobs of 2,000 workers statewide and said it is keeping open the option of filing a legal challenge. "With this bag ban, the city chose to take a simplistic approach that takes away consumer choice instead of pursuing meaningful programs that encourage greater recycling of plastic bags and wraps, while preserving jobs," said Mark Daniels, chairman of the nonprofit American Progressive Bag Alliance.

 

In East Los Angeles, a community already covered by a county ordinance barring plastic bags, some families are still getting used to the change.

 

Standing in a crowded parking lot outside El Super grocery store, Veronica Perez used a reusable Trader Joe’s bag but found herself longing for plastic. Perez, 32, said plastic bags are preferable for her five-block walk home from the supermarket.

 

"I wish they could bring them back," said the Boyle Heights resident. "I get that it’s better for the environment, but it’s a lot to remember - bringing a reusable bag - especially if you’re in a rush."

 

At a Vons in Echo Park, inside L.A.’s city limits, the approaching ban was being taken in stride.

 

Sylvia Esparza, 22, said she already tries not to use plastic and has a drawer full of reusable cloth bags. "So many people use so many plastic bags, and they just get thrown away," she said.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

Umjesto da se prilagodimo prirodi, konstantno prilagođavamo prirodu sebi i polako je pretvaramo u žrtvu svojih hirova. Čovjek je već odavno počeo da se odnosi oholo pa i agresivno prema vlastitoj sredini. Manijakalna potrošačka groznica sa jedne strane i nedovoljno izgrađena svijest o konačnosti svega pa i resursa i života na zemlji ga je navela da se ponaša kao uništivač samog sebe. Nevjerovatno je da cjelokupno društvo nesvjesno ove opasnosti hladnokrvno reže granu na kojoj sjedi.

"And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, "We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it." The Man said, "I want to have good sight." The vulture replied, "You shall have mine." The Man said, "I want to be strong." The jaguar said, "You shall be strong like me." Then the Man said, "I long to know the secrets of the earth." The serpent replied, "I will show them to you." And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, "Now the Man knows much, he'll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid." The deer said, "The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop." But the owl replied, "No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, 'I am no more and I have nothing left to give." (movie Apacalypto)

Za neke je EKOLOGIJA samo još jedna od mnogobrojnih "-LOGIJA", a za neke ljude je to pitanje opstanka, pitanje života i smrti na planeti koju dijelimo. Kada gradite svijet razmislite o tome kakav ste zatekli i kakav ćete ostaviti. Naročito kada ste u planini imajte u vidu da i drugi žele vidjeti krajeve kojima se upravo krečete, ali ne žele vidjeti vaše otpatke.

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