La Jolla Boy Wants to Ban Plastic Bags

His goal is to go beyond just Solana Beach and make San Diego a plastic bag-free zone

By Gitzel Puente
|  Monday, Jul 9, 2012  |  Updated 2:03 PM PDT
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La Jolla Boy Urges Plastic Bag Ban

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La Jolla Boy Urges Plastic Bag Ban

Evan Lewis, 11, has started a petition he plans to send to the 'San Diego' city council to get plastic bags banned in San Diego. NBC 7s Artie Ojeda reports.
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Evan Lewis, an 11-year-old boy from La Jolla, is on a green movement in San Diego.

Lewis has spent many hours researching the negative effects of plastic bags on the environment.

“I was just truly astonished about how it takes over 400 years to biodegrade,” shares an enthusiastic Lewis, “We use over three trillion bags and our children’s children’s children will have the burden of the same plastic bag we use today, and I was really motivated to do something.”

He first spoke about the topic before Solana Beach City Council just before the city banned the use of plastic bags.

His goal is to go beyond just Solana Beach and make San Diego a plastic bag-free zone.

Now, Lewis started a petition that he plans to send to the San Diego City Council to get plastic bags banned in the city.

The alternative to using bags he says are recyclable bags.

Not only is his voice getting heard publicly, but on pen as well.

Recently, Lewis wrote an article based on his research for the San Diego Earth Times.

He understands the power of awareness and is passionate to let the community know how they can contribute to saving our environment.

“It’s kind of like a ripple effect because once you tell people about it and get the word out there, it just expands,” says Lewis with a great smile.

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