The United Kingdom is taking a big step towards addressing pollution by banning plastic drinking straws across the country in the near future. According to Environment Secretary Michael Gove, this is being done to resolve serious environmental concerns.
In a report by the Marine Conservation Society, it is estimated that UK gets about 8.5 billion straws every year and these straws are among the top 10 waste items found during beach cleanups. Straws – which usually require over two centuries to disintegrate – are likewise hazardous to marine life since sea creatures mistake them for food.
Banning plastic straws is a good thing.
In a Telegraph interview, Gove explained that the government seeks to do something about the negative impacts of plastic straws. He explained:
“If it is bad, then banning it is a good thing. But we have to take a balanced approach towards the EU.
“There are some good things about the EU but one of the things about being inside the EU is that there are some steps that we might to take environmentally but can’t yet.”
Plastic straws are wildlife killers!
Furthermore, Gove added:
“For most of us, they’re just a convenience. For wildlife, they are killers.
“The plastic straws we use and throw away so carelessly are lethal. They embed themselves in the noses of sea turtles, block the throats of dolphins and choke fish.
“All this so that humans can empty their glasses more quickly.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has earlier expressed her goal to eliminate all avoidable plastic in UK within 25 years.
May has described plastic waste as being “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”. She even pointed out:
“In the UK alone, the amount of single-use plastic wasted every year would fill 1,000 Royal Albert Halls.”
Once implemented, this will be a big win for the environment – and the future generation.
Additionally, a government spokesperson also told BBC:
“We are committed through our 25-year environment plan to eliminating avoidable plastic altogether by the end of 2042 so we leave our planet in a better state than we found it.
“We are exploring a range of options, and have already introduced a world-leading ban on microbeads, and set out plans to extend the 5p plastic bag charge, improve recycling rates and explore plastic-free aisles in supermarkets.”
People Are Calling For Child-Free Zones In Flights
Many people would even pay extra money to stay in child-free flights.
Have you tried sitting next to a toddler or a child who's irritable or having tantrums mid-flight? In all honesty, it's quite stressful, right? Well, you're not alone. Apparently, many other individuals are calling airlines to provide child-free zones on planes.
This might not sit well with parents out there. However, a recent survey by Airfarewatchdog found that about 52 percent of airline passengers would actually pay to stay in child-free zones.
The survey asked the passengers if children should sit in separate zones.
Iceland To Ban Male Circumcision and Punish Offenders With Imprisonment
The said bill has since sparked controversy and debate.
Iceland is set to become the first European country to ban male circumcision with a new bill before the parliament proposing a 6-year imprisonment for any person who performs it for non medical purposes. The bill has since gained mixed reactions, with Jewish and Muslim leaders getting outraged about it.
According to the bill, male circumcision is very similar to female genital mutilation (FGM) which is widely prohibited in Europe. Iceland has officially banned FGM way back 2005.
Circumcision violates children, the bill claims.
Woman Sues California For Not Acknowledging Bigfoot As Existing Species
The woman claimed to have spotted Bigfoot recently, but no one would believe her.
There have been numerous stories about Bigfoot sightings, but somehow the popular American folklore creature remains a myth. That's not to say no one will fight to prove that Bigfoot or Sasquatch does exist.
One San Bernardino County, California resident named Claudia Ackley is just one of the many people who claimed to have seen Bigfoot. But since authorities did not believe Ackley's story about her recent encounter with the mysterious creature, she decided to sue the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife for not recognizing Sasquatch as a species.