Environmental activist Tone Lanzilla was absolutely right to ask in his column in the News Tribune what Duluth is doing about climate change (Local View: “Duluth's elected officials, business leaders staying on the sidelines in climate emergency,” Sept. 17).

The city’s unenacted plastic-bag ban is a good example. We have family in Connecticut, and when we visit there and shop in one of the local supermarkets, there are no plastic bags. If you don’t bring your own bags, a paper one can be purchased for 5 to 10 cents, depending on the store. When we shop at warehouse stores, purchases are loaded back into the cart we used to shop, and we take the cart to our vehicle where we can bag items or just put them in the back of our car.

More than a bag ordinance is certainly needed in our climate crisis, but ending single-use plastic bags is a good start. Come on, Duluth, enact the ordinance!

Barbara Erickson


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