Score one for the environment.

By Marisa Spyker
February 09, 2018
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If you’re planning on visiting the Bahamas in the future, you might want to pack an extra tote.

After meeting with the youth delegation of the Bahamas Plastic Movement, the country’s Minister of Environment and Housing has announced a plan to completely ban the use of plastic bags.

That’s a big win for the Bahamas Plastic Movement, which you might remember is an organization helmed by Coastal Living’s 2017 Ocean Hero Krystal Ambrose.

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Ambrose, an environmental scientist and islander, founded the movement in 2014 with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic that currently inundates the Bahamian shores and seas. Plastic pollution is a particular environmental issue in the Bahamas, a country which imports 90 percent of its goods, much of it in plastic, according to Ambrose.

Though reducing pollution is the goal, youth education and empowerment is also an important aspect of the Bahamas Plastic Movement, which makes it all the more satisfying that members of the youth delegation were involved in the milestone.

“It helps students to understand that their voices are important,” Ambrose said in 2017. “They have to know what it takes to be a scientist, to be an activist, to be an artist, to be whatever it is they want to be, but it’s focused on this issue. I just watch the students come in there and transform.”

While plastic bags are on the chopping block for the immediate future, the Minister has also voiced the intention to eliminate other single-use plastics, such as Styrofoam, in the near future.

Bravo, Bahamas.

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