Grand Canyon Plastic Bottle Ban Gaining Strength
Nobody likes to see a heap of litter in the middle of one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) beneficiaries agree, so on 1 January 2011 they began an effort to ban plastic bottles, which “are ‘the single biggest source of trash’ found inside the canyon” according to this article by Earth911. The ban was proposed by former GCNP superintendent Stephen Martin, but was put on the back-burner before its scheduled start date by US National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.
Although no explanation has been given for the ban’s delay, The New York Times discovered the delay has something to do with the fact that Coca-Cola, which distributes bottled water under the brand name Dasani, has donated over $13 million to national parks – making the National Park Service reluctant to follow through with the ban.
Supporters of the ban have taken things into their own hands to rid the park of single-use, disposable bottles. A petition of 90,000+ bottle-ban advocates is alive and growing. Want to get involved? You can sing the petition to Mr. Jarvis to ban bottles from the Grand Canyon National Park by clicking here.
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