The scientific community keeps publishing papers on the negative effects of plastic manufacturing on the environment. However, the political theater is still convinced that there is no such thing as humans doing harm to nature. Therefore, Trump administration made another step to show its disbelief in this branch of science. They slammed an Obama-era plastic ban within national parks. The text regarded plastic bottles made out of the infamous material.
Obama Government Managed to Persuade 23 out of 417 National Parks to Apply Plastic Ban
In 2011, the government encouraged the National Park Service to instate a new policy. The aim was to make national parks to dissuade the sales of bottled water. This move was an important step in environmental causes to cut back on plastic that wreaks havoc in nature once it becomes litter.
Even though this ban was not actually reinforced by law, there were 23 out of the total of 417 national parks that implemented these restrictions. Some of them are Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.
These two attractions alone drew 10.2 million visitors in 2016. By comparison, the total of national parks hosted 331 million people the same year. Instead of the more comfortable plastic bottles, organizers encouraged visitors to use refillable bottles or tap water instead.
Trump Slammed the Ban after the International Bottled Water Administration Conducted a Campaign against the Obama-Era Interdiction
Even though this was just a small step towards environmental goals, Trump administration decided to reverse this Obama-era plastic ban. The new status quo impairs national parks from interdicting people to use plastic bottled water.
At the moment, the world came to consume 1 million plastic water bottles each minute. Considering that such a large quantity overwhelms recycling efforts, much of these residues end up across coastlines and other parts of the wilderness as well.
The recent ban reversal appeared after the International Bottled Water Association spent $80,000 on a campaign against the bottle ban. The mobilization lasted for a few months only and started right after Donald Trump’s inauguration.
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