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Catherine Blakespear

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California bill would ban all plastic shopping bags at grocery stores

Senator Catherine Blakespear's commitment to the environment and her advocacy for the complete banning of plastics in California deserves commendation. Her latest initiative, announcing a bill to ban all plastic shopping bags by 2026, demonstrates her dedication to addressing the environmental challenges posed by plastic waste.
Blakespear's decision to go beyond the existing ban on thin plastic shopping bags and target thicker plastic bags, which are often marketed as reusable and recyclable, reflects a comprehensive understanding of the issue. By pointing to a state study that reveals an increase in the amount of plastic shopping bags discarded per person over the years, she highlights the urgency of taking decisive action to curb plastic pollution.
It's noteworthy that Senator Blakespear is not only focused on introducing legislation but also on evaluating the effectiveness of previous measures. Her observation that the 2014 plastic bag ban did not lead to an overall reduction in plastic usage but, in fact, resulted in a significant increase in plastic waste is a crucial insight. This shows a commitment to evidence-based policymaking and a willingness to adjust strategies when needed.
The fact that California, under Senator Blakespear's leadership, is considering a complete ban on plastic bags aligns with the state's history of being at the forefront of environmental protection. By taking this bold step, she reinforces California's commitment to sustainability and sets an example for other states to follow.
The collaboration between the Legislature and the public, as evident in the 2016 referendum affirming the 2014 plastic bag ban, demonstrates a democratic approach to environmental policymaking. Senator Blakespear's push for a more comprehensive ban in 2026 adds another layer to this commitment, signaling a continuous effort to refine and strengthen environmental regulations.
If the Legislature passes Senator Blakespear's bill, the responsibility will fall on Governor Gavin Newsom to decide whether to sign it into law. Newsom, with his track record of supporting environmental initiatives, including signing the nation's first plastic bag ban in 2007, has an opportunity to further solidify California's leadership in environmental stewardship.
In conclusion, Senator Catherine Blakespear's proactive stance on banning plastic bags showcases her dedication to environmental conservation and underscores the importance of continuous efforts to address the challenges posed by plastic waste. Her leadership in this matter deserves praise and serves as an inspiration for others to take bold steps towards a more sustainable future.




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  • winnie nguru

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    They should. And so should other states and countries.

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    • Edwin wangombe

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      @winnie_nguru Yes I agree it is something that should be adopted even worldwide

    • Sarah Chabane

      9 w

      Go California!!

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      • Chris Ndungu

        9 w

        This is a commendable initiative that they have taken. Plastic bags should be eliminated as they accelerate the pollution of the environment.

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        • Edwin wangombe

          8 w

          @chris_ndungu It is time to get rid of the plastics in the world once and for all

        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Gorffly mokua

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            The bill is currently being debated in the California State Assembly and would only apply to grocery stores for the time being!

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            • Edwin wangombe

              8 w

              @gorffly_mokua but it is a positive thing It is a good step in the right direction

            • Princess

              9 w

              This is a positive move that can inspire other regions to adopt similar measures for a cleaner and greener environment.

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              • Felix mokaya

                9 w

                @princess_nel_268 This is all is needed

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  8 w

                  @princess_nel_268 I agree with you ... this move by Senator Catherine should be adopted countrywide

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                • walter lungayi

                  9 w

                  This is a positive step towards reducing plastic waste and protecting the environment.

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    8 w

                    @walter_lungayi Senator Catherine deserves all the accolades she can get... this is a bold move

                  • Elizabeth Gathigia

                    9 w

                    The world needs leaders like senator Catherine who only cares about its safety

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      9 w

                      @elizbeth_gathigia Absolutely!✔

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                      • Edwin wangombe

                        8 w

                        @elizbeth_gathigia I agree with you on this ... we need environmentally conscious leaders and those who think of their people first

                      • Felix mokaya

                        9 w

                        It is a high time nations engage on renewable energy ,there is no time!

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                        • Felix mokaya

                          9 w

                          Good job senator Catherine !We need leaders like senator Catherine who are investing on clean energy and discouraging or banning of fossil fuel

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                          • Edwin wangombe

                            8 w

                            @felix_mokaya Plastics should be banned completely and if the world gets such leaders like Catherine the world will be a better place to live in plastic-free..

                          • johnte ndeto

                            9 w

                            This move will automatically impact on climate positively considering plastics are a real menace

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                            • Gorffly mokua

                              9 w

                              @johnte_ndeto True! This will greatly help in reduction of plastic pollution.

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                              • Edwin wangombe

                                8 w

                                @johnte_ndeto This is a commendable way of getting rid of the plastic pollution menace

                              • Boniface Kuria

                                9 w

                                Kudos Senator! I hope the Legislature sees it as you do and passes that bill. This will be a great milestone for the California people.

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                                • Jane Wangui

                                  9 w

                                  @boniface_kuria She has taken a major step for California.

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                                  • Edwin wangombe

                                    8 w

                                    @boniface_kuria This should be adopted countrywide... the Biden-Harris administration should borrow this policy as a national thing

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                                    • Boniface Kuria

                                      8 w

                                      @edwin_wangombe It being a countrywide policy would go a long way in reducing single use plastic bags...

                                    • George Kariuki

                                      9 w

                                      Thisis great. It demonstrates commendable leadership in environmental conservation.

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                                      • Edwin wangombe

                                        8 w

                                        @george_kariuki We need more of such environmentally conscious leaders

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                                      • Joseph Githinji

                                        9 w

                                        Senator Catherine Blakespear deserves an accolade for showing such great commitment towards creating a plastic pollution free environment. This should be ascented to law.

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                                        • Jane Wangui

                                          9 w

                                          @joseph_githinji Other (recyclable) bags could be used for groceries.This minimises the number of plastics produced.

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                                          • Felix mokaya

                                            9 w

                                            @jane_wangui I totally agree with you

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                                            • Edwin wangombe

                                              8 w

                                              @joseph_githinji I agree, she deserves all the praise as there have been others in her position before and none ever made such a bold move

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