This question is totally fine, as it’s basically an agree/disagree again, with no real ambiguity of the current state. However, the single-use plastics thing is still kind of weird because while of course throwing away plastic is bad for the environment, the blanket language of these kinds of laws means that there’s no real distinction between different kinds of plastics, especially the kinds of plastics which are currently being developed.
I think we can all agree that current replacements for single-use plastic items are worse in almost every way, and the only things we’re actually replacing only contribute very minimally to plastic waste. Instead, what I think we should actually be doing is doing research in one of a few things:
- Biodegradable plastics which otherwise have the same properties as non biodegradable plastics (this really should take that long if we put some thought in to it, and the profits this research would yield would surely be VERY high).
- Bacteria which break down commonly used plastics, so that these materials will break down normally in nature the same way trees do when bacteria evolved to break down wood pulp.
- New materials which are somehow easier to recycle or require less effort, to account for human nature/laziness.
Plastics were only developed in the 20th century, and science has come so far in the years since that I have no doubt that our best scientists working on this for a few years could crack it no problem.
Summary: This question is fine, but I think the policy itself is much more complicated than ‘ban single-use plastics’ if we can get biodegradable plastics.
Table of Contents
- Making the CBC Vote Compass even better
- Proposition 1: First-time home buyers (FTHBs)
- Proposition 2: Handguns
- Proposition 3: Child Care
- Proposition 4: Health Care
- Proposition 5: Basic Income
- Proposition 6: Quebec Separatism
- Proposition 7: Unions
- Proposition 8: Climate Change
- Proposition 9: Reconciliation
- Proposition 10: Quebec Separatism (2)
- Proposition 11: Equalization Payments
- Proposition 12: Trans Pronoun Rights
- Proposition 13: Corporate Taxes
- Proposition 14: Abortion Services
- Proposition 15: Supervised Injection Sites
- Proposition 16: Oil and Gas Subsidies
- Proposition 17: Asylum Claims
- Proposition 18: Defecit Reduction
- Proposition 19: Immigration
- Proposition 20: Military Spending
- Proposition 21: Single-Use Plastics
- Proposition 22: Employment Insurance
- Proposition 23: Violence Against Indigenous Women
- Proposition 24: Wealth Tax
- Proposition 25: Gender-Balanced Cabinet
- Proposition 26: Pharmacare
- Proposition 27: Monarchy
- Proposition 28: Foreign Policy on Human Rights
- Proposition 29: Carbon Tax
- Proposition 30: Religious Minorities
- Propositions 31 & 32 (QOTD): Religious Symbols Ban
- Ways to Improve the CBC Vote Compass (Conclusion)