“As a biology major, I’ve studied how critical a healthy ocean is in fighting climate change, in carbon capture, biodiversity and as an ecosystem”
This one of those times when the climate change movement intersects with the nanny state.
Campus Reform reports:
UCLA BANS all single-use plastics
UCLA announced it will ban single-use plastics in order to reduce the university’s impact on the environment.
The new policy will ultimately remove all single-use plastics ranging from cups and cup lids, plastic bags, utensils, bowls, and other “food accessory” items. The goal for UCLA is to have every dine-in or take-out restaurant, dining halls, events, and even departmental meetings move away from plastics completely and begin using locally compostable or reusable alternatives.
“As a biology major, I’ve studied how critical a healthy ocean is in fighting climate change, in carbon capture, biodiversity and as an ecosystem,” said UCLA junior, Sithara Menon, chair of the CALPIRG Students UCLA chapter. “It’s important, as students, that we take what we learn and use it, and I can do that starting here on this campus, helping reduce our plastic addiction.”
The school explains that the vision behind the policy change is to move away from the common plastic water bottle and increase the number of water bottle hydration stations. In addition, the university has already added hundreds of compost bins around campus and in washrooms for disposing paper towels.
“It will be challenging,” Kikei Wong, UCLA’s Zero Waste Coordinator addressed. “There are so many single-use plastics everywhere in our lives that we depend on for convenience, but for the planet, this is the next step that we have to take.”
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