I am writing to encourage Eagle County to join numerous cities across the United States in issuing a ban on single-use plastic bags. Single-use plastic bags are one of the major sources of plastic pollution on the planet, contributing to the declines in marine life and seabirds from the California coast to the shorelines of remote Pacific Atolls. It is a waste of energy and source of pollution that has no rationale for existence outside of convenience. In addition, plastic bags are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that keeps us dependent on foreign suppliers. It is time for us to take concrete action. Specifically, I ask that you introduce legislation to the city council calling for such a ban.