This article from the New York Times discusses a plan for New York City, proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to start charging shoppers 6 cents for every plastic bag they use while in stores. Similar proposals have been explored in other cities in the United States and have been successfully implemented in Europe. Along with reducing waste, the plan for New York could potentially generate an additional $16 million in revenue for the city. While many conservationists are applauding the plan, some city residents fear the fee, which is not a tax, will cause unnecessary aggravation and strain personal budgets even further.
Climate change is a major issue and concern as of today. One of the key aspects of climate change is climate change education. Therefore, students who are in higher education could be key factors in slowing down climate change. Students could be lead advocates for climate change reform