Campion to address state plastic bag ban Saturday

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BENNINGTON — State Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington, sponsor of S-113, a proposed law to ban one-time-use plastic bags in Vermont, will speak about the bill and its progress in Montpelier. The bill reported to the Senate out of committee on Friday. Campion will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, followed by a showing of the movie "Bag It!".

The movie, "Bag It! Is Your Life too Plastic?", shows us the impacts of plastics in our personal and global lives, and addresses the importance of a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Climate Advocates Bennington (CAB) has been hard at work on a possible bag ban on the local level. The group met with the Bennington Select Board in January when member Michelle Alexander shared a presentation on the massive impact of plastic and particularly these bags. Climate Advocates coordinator Barbara True-Weber presented a review of what bag ban ordinances contain. She said, "Presently there are about 200 bans on these bags already in effect."

The Select Board asked Climate Advocates to report back after they meet with businesses to brainstorm about the shape and details of a ban. Elizabeth Schumacher and Mike Weber have been visiting with businesses over the last several months to share with them and learn from them. A business forum will take place on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse.

The Climate Advocates Bennington 350VT group has been at work for more than 3 years in the Bennington area, sending a group to Washington DC in the Climate March, educating the community about climate change, bringing a message through their floats in the Battle Day Parades, protesting about fossil fuel interests that contribute to the climate crisis, and working locally to bring about changes that they hope will reduce the crisis. Climate Advocates have also been working with town and county leaders and are working for the re-establishment of a Bennington Town Energy Committee to actually implement town and county energy plans.

The movie and talk with Campion is free to the public, and contributions toward the cost of the movie are welcome.

For more information contact Marsh Hudson-Knapp at 802-440-5190 or hkfamily@sover.net.


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