California’s new environmental curriculum was changed to please the plastics industry, reports California Watch.
Although the curriculum includes the environmental hazards of plastic bags, the consultant also added a five-point question to a workbook asking students to list some advantages. According to the teachers’ edition, the correct answer is: “Plastic shopping bags are very convenient to use. They take less energy to manufacture than paper bags, cost less to transport, and can be reused.”
Some California cities and counties have banned plastic shopping bags; San Francisco requires markets to charge customers for paper bags. We’re all supposed to have reusable bags.