EcoNews Report: Plastic Bags Banned - What it Means Today and for the Next Five Generations

Nov 26, 2016

HDPE single-use shopping bag

Dan Jacobson, legislative director of Environment California tells EcoNews Report he's excited that the state will use less plastic.

"But I think more importantly, what it means is that there's going to be a change in consciousness."

Jacobson tells Delia Bense-Kang, MPA Coordinator at the NEC, that the plastic industry tried to confuse voters with Propostion 65. He remains optimistic about reduced energy use and pollution, and feels like California voted on the right side of history.


"People will look back on us in 5, 10, 15 generations and look at [single-use bags] and look at that and go, 'well, that was just nuts. Why were these people wasting resources like that?'"

According to his Environment California bio:

In 2015, Dan led efforts to pass SB 350 (deLeón), the strongest renewable energy law in the country. He also worked to pass SB 185 (deLeón) to get CALPERS and CALSTRS to divest from coal companies. in 2013 he initiated The Charge Ahead Campaign which will bring 1 million clean cars to California by 2020. He has worked to ensure the success of the Million Solar Roof campaign. He has lead the fight to pass the statewide bill to ban single-use plastic bags and he is working to ban fracking in California.
 
He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Sacramento Bee.

The EcoNews Report is presented by the Northcoast Environmental Center.