The banning of microbeads has been a local effort that
matriculated into a community effort, which ultimately became a state
initiative that grew into a conscious effort nationally and now globally. This
ban illustrates the effectiveness of grassroots community involvement in
ecological issues. Simplicity resonates with us all. The understanding of the
importance of educating consumers at every level of our society has proven
Albany County in New
York successfully passed legislation to ban the sale of personal care products
which contain microbeads. It is not the only county in the state New York that
has approved of this band, it is the fifth county and I'm sure that as more
community environmental advocates become aware of the importance of grassroots
education, the list will continue to grow.
Sustained efforts at the local level has historically been
the driver of many successful environmental agendas. Reach one teach one is a
mantra for at risk youth personal growth, but it could easily be applied to
each of us as a responsibility to the welfare of our planet.