The social complexities surrounding the way we view environmentalism are very interesting. The idea that not using plastic straws to reduce ocean pollution has risen in popularity in the past few years. It’s an easy issue to get behind - straws are common, and for many people, unnecessary.
While we should definitely
reduce the usage and production of plastic straws, the debate surrounding plastic straws has come to represent a lack of flexibility in current discourse about environmentalism, ableism, and partisan politics.