She gave us some background on what kind of opposition we can expect to get in a campaign to ban plastic bags, and then she opened the floor to discussion for ideas.
Stephanie Borrelle on left, Denise Roche in front of the screen.
Consultation opens 7th July.
Waitematā Local board members Deborah Yates, Pippa Croom and Vernon Tava (pictured) explained how with strong grassroots support, local boards can put forward motions for the Councillors to vote on, and that along with the Avaaz petition, this is a strong way to get our message to Council.
Many cities around the world are doing the same, the most recent of which being Chicago, which has more people than all of New Zealand!
Experience tells us that we can't rely on the retailers to do this for us. It requires community action. Here on Waiheke we had a very successful plastic free Friday where it was reported that there was a 90% reduction in bag use that day. I'd like to know what it's been like since then. I'd like to know whether we could be brave enough to make it every Friday, then it may just become a habit for all islanders and maybe then we will get the change from consumers.
What could be possible in your community?
It was also discussed that a stick is as necessary as a carrot. In Denmark they charge for plastic bags and the average Dane uses only 4 per year. Here it is believed to be over 400.
There is a place for regulation to step in to complement consumer behaviour because the effects of the plastic pollution affect us all. Auckland moving towards being a plastic bag free city would make it easier for the rest of the country, and would help restore some more truth to our slogan of Clean Green New Zealand.
I can't wait to see the day that Auckland becomes another of the world's plastic bag free cities.
photo: Myself, Stephanie Borrelle and Denise Roche.
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