Student News, CAPA

Beyond Plastics Activism: Letters to the Editor

Students in Judith Enck's Plastic Pollution: What Can We Do About It? course have written letters to the editor about the need to protect the environment and marine life from the growing problem of plastic pollution.

Letters to the Editor

Enck, a former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator, will join the College in January 2019 as a Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty member. She recently launched the Beyond Plastics project as a way to work with college students and community leaders around the country to reduce plastic pollution.

Those interested in receiving periodic updates about the Beyond Plastics project are invited to sign up for more information.

Say No To Single-Use Plastic Bags

"Almost every day we hear in the news, local or otherwise, that single use plastic bags are being banned in small towns, like Brattleboro, and/or big cities like San Francisco," writes Ella Simon '22 in The Bennington Banner. "The reason being, that single use plastic bags are a detriment to the environment."

It's time for all communities, including Bennington, to start adopting plastic bag bans of their own and placing a fee on paper bags.

Ella Simon '22

A Good Start, But More Needs to Be Done

"I learned a great deal being away at college, among which is my appreciation for the respect our community has for our Island’s ecosystem," writes Ruby Dix '21 in The Martha's Vineyard Times. "At Bennington College in Vermont, I am taking a course on plastic pollution, and have become aware of the damage that plastic pollution causes in both our environment and potentially our health."

I hope our community will continue to use plastic alternatives and be aware of the impacts of small single-use items like nip bottles and single-use creamers.

Ruby Dix '21

Protect Turtles From Straws

"Five hundred million straws are used and discarded every day in the U.S. alone," writes Grace Kenney '22 in The Martha's Vineyard Times. "In the U.S., the consumption of straws could wrap around the earth’s circumference 2.5 times a day. Unfortunately, many straws don’t end up being recycled. Most end up in landfills, littered on the ground, or in the ocean. We need to start doing something, we need to start using less, consuming less, wasting less. Straws are where we can start."

With the increase in sea turtles, it is now more important than ever before that we protect our marine environment.

Grace Kenney '22