Voice 1: Thank you for joining us for today's Spotlight. I'm Joshua Leo.
声音1：谢谢大家收听今天的重点报道节目 。我是乔舒亚·里奥 。
Voice 2: And I'm Rebekah Schipper. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.
声音2：我是瑞贝卡·席佩尔 。重点报道节目用慢速英语的方式播报新闻 。便于全世界各地民众的理解 。
Voice 1: In 1977 people began using a new, popular invention — the plastic bag. Clothes stores and food markets all over the world began giving plastic bags to people. Plastic bags were an easy way for people to carry their purchases.
声音1：1977年，人们开始使用一项新的且备受欢迎的发明——塑料袋 。全世界的服装店和食品市场都开始为人们提供塑料袋 。塑料袋是人们携带所购买物品的简单方法 。
Voice 2: But over the years the number of plastic bags has grown. And they have become a large waste problem. Plastic bags collect in the streets. The wind blows them through cities. Plastic bags are in the oceans. They can kill fish and birds. And plastic bags fill waste areas. Some waste materials can quickly decompose back to natural soil. But plastic bags do not turn into soil as easily as other waste materials. Are plastic bags a waste problem in your area?
声音2：但是，多年以来塑料袋的数量一直在持续增长 。塑料袋已经成为主要的废物问题 。塑料袋被丢弃在街上 。风把它们吹去各个城市 。塑料袋也会被扔在海中 。这会杀死鱼类和鸟类 。人们也把塑料袋扔在废弃地区 。一些废料可以快速分解，然后转化成自然土壤 。但是塑料袋不会像其他废料那样简单地转化成土壤 。在你所在的地区塑料袋是废物问题吗？