Representative Joe Fitzgibbon

“As an environmentalist, these incremental actions don’t always feel like enough, but they snowball and create momentum that leads to more systemic change.”

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon has been a part of the Washington Legislature since 2010. Rep. Fitzgibbon has always loved the outdoors, and his motivation to join the legislature was driven by his concern and passion for the environment. Plastic pollution has always been something that the Representative has been aware of since it’s so visible in our everyday lives. Rep. Fitzgibbon still remembers the day in 2010 when he was canvassing for his campaign when a grey whale washed ashore with plastic bags lining its stomach. 

That image ultimately led the Representative to introduce the plastic bag ban in 2011 but recalls that the state legislature wasn’t ready to take on major environmental action. 

Almost ten years later, Rep. Fitzgibbon saw the momentum that was building on the local level to ban plastic bags and was reminded that although those small incremental actions don’t always feel like enough, they eventually add up. They create momentum that leads to more systemic change. He was right because in 2020, the Washington Legislature passed a plastic bag bill ban. Although sometimes it’s hard for the environmental community to declare victory when there is still so much more to do, Fitzgibbon wants us to celebrate those small wins that create hope for our future.

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