Spring cleaning on a global scale

Arvada elementary student continues policy push against plastic waste

Staff report
Posted 5/5/21

For most people, just getting some spring cleaning done around the house is a good way to spend April. Arvada 10-year-old Madhvi Chittoo is on a mission to clean up the whole world though, so her …

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Spring cleaning on a global scale

Arvada elementary student continues policy push against plastic waste

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For most people, just getting some spring cleaning done around the house is a good way to spend April. Arvada 10-year-old Madhvi Chittoor is on a mission to clean up the whole world though, so her April involved organizing an international “EcoEthics Summit” and chatting with the policy team of the vice president.

The EcoEthics Summit, held April 17, featured a range of speakers and participants, including State Rep. Lisa Cutter, speakers from Norway, India and a recorded introduction by Gov. Jared Polis.

Chitoor spoke in person with Vice President Kamala Harris back in March, when the Vice President visited Denver. Days after the summit, Madvhi’s mother Lalitha Chitoor said her daughter spoke more with the Vice President’s policy staffers.

“I am very thrilled that I was able to present the Global Plastic Policy to Madam VP Harris policy staff on April 20,” Madhvi Chittoor said in a recent statement.

The Global Plastic Policy pledge, as outlined on Madvhi Chitoor’s website www.madhvi4ee.com calls for:

1. A ban on cups, take-out boxes, craft products and packaging material made of polystyrene in stores and restaurants.
2. A ban on single-use plastic bags in retail stores and restaurants.
3. A ban on single-use plastic flatware in retail stores and restaurants.
4. A ban on the use of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) in school playgrounds, public parks and residential areas by 2022

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