David Toole: My cloth bags get laughed

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From Sina Education:

President ‘s call for more personal responsibility in helping to protect and improve the environment resonates very strongly in my heart; as does the government’s call for a green Olympics. It makes me think about what I can do as a guest who has lived in Beijing for almost four years now and has observed the city becoming ever more beautiful, with more trees, shrubs, flowers and lawns turning it into a real garden city.

But one aspect of the pollution that is very noticeable in this windy city is the plastic bags that swirl gracefully among the tall buildings till they are captured by some tree branch or that skitter along the roadways and sidewalks until they are picked up by the sanitation workers. But too often these ubiquitous plastic bags end up in the city’s potentially lovely waterways and, just as bad, in farmers’ fields. This floating trash clogs the waterways, clutters the fields, ruins the gardens and blights the trees.

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