When it comes to plastic pollution, the old adage "think globally, act locally" applies. It's a global problem, but the best opportunities for progress are often local.

That's why on July 16, Environment Virginia staff met with members of a new community group, Shenandoah Green. In the meeting, which was covered by local news outlet WHSV, our staff advised the Shenandoah Valley group on ways to reduce plastic waste and the best strategies for educating and persuading legislators on the issue.

“Nothing we use for a few minutes, such as single-use plastics, should harm the environment and wildlife for centuries,” said Environment Virginia State Director Elly Bohmer. “We’re excited that Virginians across the state want to learn more about this issue and how they can take action.”

This summer, Environment Virginia has been going door to door to educate Virginians on the harms of plastic pollution and advocating for a statewide ban on plastic foam cups and containers.

Watch the story.

Photo: Coverage of Environment Virginia's meeting with members of a new community group, Shenandoah Green. Credit: WHSV