Tuesday’s election marked a very important turning point in the lives of numerous American citizens. Despite the main spotlight on the presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, many other significant propositions were on the ballot that may have a profound effect on U.S. citizens and the environment.
Proposition 67 was on the November 8, 2016 ballot in California as a veto referendum. This proposition was proposed in order to protect the plastic bag ban. Although numerous statistics have shown coastal citizens to only approve of this ban, students in La Canada and La Crescenta rose to action to spread the word to potential voters.
On October 20, 2016 high school students partnered up with Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the coastal waters of Greater Los Angeles, and the Pacific American Volunteer Association in order to organize Reusable Bag Day. On this day students went out to local markets and stores educating shoppers about the proposition and giving out free reusable bags. Student event coordinator Caroline Kim stated that “ this event was a great experience where I learned the importance of our environment and taking leadership in my community.”
Ultimately, this student coordinated event proved to be an inspiration and motivation for all students to take action and leadership when they are truly passionate. With the encouragement of all individuals who praised their dedication and supported prop 67, an ultimate victory was won for both organizations as well as the students. This encouraging triumph has taught a lesson to all people. It has demonstrated the power and dedication of students and how they can have a positive effect on their own community as well as the whole state.