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In response to Dan Walters' column "Big issues still up in the air" (Aug. 22).

This summer, I spent a lot of time at the beach, feeling the warm sun and sinking my toes into the sand. But if we continue consuming single-use plastics at the rate we are, our beaches may not always be so cathartic to visit.

Every day, Californians throw away millions of foam cups and take-out containers. This trash ends up in our oceans and waterways, diminishing their beauty and harming wildlife. Polystyrene, or what most people call Styrofoam, is one of the worst single-use plastics because it never biodegrades.

But two bills, Assembly Bill 1080 and Senate Bill 54, would ban polystyrene within the next decade. These bills are a great step in the right direction.

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Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment for hundreds of years. So we need our legislators and Governor Newsom to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene, to protect our oceans, and to protect our futures.

Sophie Haddad

La Jolla

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