“The Earth is what we all have in common.”
—Wendell Berry



Today the plastic ban went into effect! Enforcement of the ban will happen gradually but this is a huge step for the biggest city and one of the biggest states in the United States. In addition to the plastic bag ban, a 5 cent fee has been placed on paper bags to encourage the use of reusable bags. if you don't think you have a reusable bag, look through your belongings and you may be surprised with an old tote that is perfect for grocery shopping!

The once unbeatable oil and gas industry has been slowly losing money and this year, the rate of loss is no longer slow. Why? A record number of cities and towns, NYC being one of them, have divested from fossil fuels. The loss of revenue can be attributed to a general sway in public opinion to one that is no longer fond of fossil fuels. Our actions are working and Exxon is feeling the pain!

Photo credit to @cnnclimate

As of February 6th, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he intends to ban new fossil fuel projects in NYC through an executive order! New York City is the largest municipality to announce a ban like this and will inspire others across the world to do the same. Activism works so let's keep going!

graphic credit to @350org

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