Time for ac­tion

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

STATE En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter David Speirs’s an­nounce­ment of the need to ban sin­gle-use plas­tics and shop­ping bags is wel­come news.

How­ever, his pro­viso “if there is pub­lic ap­petite to do so” and “anal­y­sis of the eco­nomic and com­mu­nity ef­fects of rec­om­men­da­tions will be taken be­fore the State Gov­ern­ment takes any fur­ther steps” is con­cern­ing.

Plas­tic pol­lu­tion has cre­ated havoc with the en­vi­ron­ment. Tonnes of global plas­tic waste have en­tered the sea, where they break up into a toxic cock­tail, poi­son­ing ma­rine life.

Sci­en­tists and ecol­o­gists warn us we are in the grip of an en­vi­ron­men­tal catas­tro­phe, threat­en­ing sus­tain­abil­ity of ecosys­tems and a liv­able planet for all life, in­clud­ing us.

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