Grandmothers Start Environmental Organization and Push Local Officials to Ban Plastic Bags

September 10, 2012 by adminify

In Iowa City 20 about 30 local grandmothers have started “100 Grannies”, an organization which promotes environmental issues.  Meeting once a month, the group is currently working on initiating policy change for the first time by pushing local officials to ban single-use plastic bags and encourage the use of reusable shopping bags in their community.

Becky Ross, one of Iowa City’s newer environmental activists and grandmother of two, says “They’re (plastic bags) used once and then they are here forever. They just end up in the landfills or the oceans, and they’re doing lots of damage.”

Last week Ross and other grannies visited the Iowa City Council meeting to present their data and information to policymakers.  Iowa City Public Works director Rick Fosse said he’s prepping a memorandum on the plausibility of a plastic bag ban that he plans to submit to the council sometime this week.  “We’re starting with trying to get plastic bags banned in Johnson County, and we’re starting in Iowa City,” said another group member, Ann Christenson.

The women have made it clear that their age doesn’t mean they will take a timid, weak approach to their efforts.  In fact, Christenson already has a protester’s rap sheet after she was arrested last year in Washington, DC, for protesting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. “There comes a time in your life when you have to stand up for something. What we really want is a better place for our grandchildren and their grandchildren,” Christenson said.


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