Geelong Sustainability has submitted a written response to the Victorian government’s Reducing Plastic Pollution Survey, which closes on January 25. We strongly agreed with their analysis that ‘plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem’ and welcomed legislative action from the Andrews’ government – even if long overdue. We have also joined the Plastic-free Victoria Alliance, which is a collective of local SW Victorian groups that are working on raising awareness & changing peoples attitudes towards using disposable plastics. We were able to use many of their research findings and arguments in our submission.
“The ABC TV Series, War on Waste has raised people awareness that we cannot continue are thoughtless consumption of finite natural resources. Waste reduction is becoming a major focus for our group. We are planning a range of activities and to spread the zero waste messages at community events in the coming months. We have submitted an application to the Climate Change Innovation grants for funding for us to partner with 5 other local organisations to establish a zero waste festival methodology. Through these initiatives our purpose will be to encourage and support people to rethink their habits and to reduce their consumption of single use plastic products.
Like most problems, the best way to resolve it is to stop it at its source. We need to reduce the amount of plastic being produced, by reducing the amount of plastic we are consuming. Just a generation ago, we packaged our products in re-usable or recyclable materials – glass, metals, and other products designed to last, that could be washed out and used repeatedly. Back to the future is the way to go. Alternative products are readily available. The transition will be relatively easy once the legislative framework is in place and stakeholders are engaged in solving this urgent environmental problem!
Our group firmly believes that plastic bags no longer have a place in our community. There are many inexpensive alternative products that do not have detrimental impacts on our ecosystems. Our short-term convenience cannot be at the long term detriment of the environment.”
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