Minister Ferreira Announces Initiative to Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2020 – BahamasPosted on June 17, 2018 by DrRossH in Balloons, Plastic & Wildlife, Plastic Limiting Regulations, Plastic Straws
Minister Ferreira also addressed the impact of plastic pollution on the Bahamian tourism sector.
“A survey done by the Ministry of Tourism found that 70% of visitors come to The Bahamas for its beaches,” Minister Ferreira noted. “However, the Bahamas Plastic Movement estimates that if the rate of plastic pollution on beaches increases, it could cause up to BSD $8.5 million in tourism losses annually for the country. Thus, the country urgently needs laws and swift action to protect its people, environment, and economy.”
Noting the negative impacts plastic and styrofoam have on health, the marine environment, and the tourism sector, the initiative mentioned earlier is part of a much bigger picture, Minister Ferreira said.
“Perhaps, Jane Goodall – arguably the most famous anthropologist – said it best when she opined, ‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make’,” he said.