The “Nightmare Ban.”

Hello readers, my name is Evan MacMillan. I’m a senior in high school who is going to be writing the blog for a while. No worries though, I swear to never drive recklessly and presume to know everything while I’m here.


Here’s an article (you should go read that, there’s some great stuff in there) that is both hilarious and pretty terrible at the same time. The city of Los Angeles is pushing to allow only reusable bags at grocery stores, which is described as being a “political long-shot.” Drama ensues as the public goes into an uproar over the terrible environmental impacts of banning plastic bags! Ok, so “Some local shoppers” do, and even then, all they say is stuff like: “I think they can find a different way to make improvements to the city,” and “It’d probably be good for the planet in the long run, but short-term I could see it being a nightmare.” And so the ban was dubbed the “Nightmare Ban.”

This forward-thinking man does agree that banning plastic bags would be “good for the planet in the long run,” but seems to think that in the short term, it would be an inconvenience. Now I don’t know if this ambiguous shopper meant for his words to be understood differently, but this kind of mindset of taking the route that is easy in the short term is the reason that we face so many problems today. As a member of the generation that is going to have to pick up the pieces left behind by these people, I’m not looking forward to having no more sea turtles after they all die because it was inconvenient in the short term to cut down on pollution, I mean, who doesn’t love sea turtles?

The title is great. It’s like on the back of bad movies when they have the quoted review that says: “This film amazed me,” and you wonder if afterwards it would say: “I never believed that people could make such terrible movies as this.” The end bit is just cut off, leaving the first part that might pass as a good review totally out of context. I get the strangest feeling that something similar has happened here. What do you think about this?

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Bag It is a documentary film following the world wide use of plastic bags, plastic's impact on the environment and human health.
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