• Petitioned Georgia Governor

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Georgia State Senate
Georgia State House

I Support the "Plastic Awareness Coalition"

    1. Carter and Olivia Ries
    2. Petition by

      Carter and Olivia Ries

      Fayetteville, GA

Each year an estimated 1-million sea birds and over 100,000 marine mammals die from ingesting plastic.  Single use plastic bags end up in our landfills and take over 500 years to decompose.  Many of these bags end up in our rivers and streams, which ultimately lead to our oceans.  

Sea Birds and Sea Turtles mistake these bags floating in our oceans as jellyfish and they eat them. The bags block the digestive system preventing the animal from eating so they literally starve to death.

OMG founders just launched our "Say No To Plastic Bags" Coalition in Georgia so we can fight for a solution in our communities and our state.  So far we have attracted the support of the following organizations:

We just partnered with the ISFoundation (Ian Somerhalder, you may all know him from his role in Lost, or more recently, his role as Damon Salvatore in the CW Hit Vampire Diaries) so we can raise awareness to the problem plastic bags are causing to our environment and to endangered species.  http://generationextinction.com/ 

Here is a list of the various key organizations who have also joined our "Say No To Plastic Bags" Coalition:

GA Tech Surf Club, Atlanta Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, GreenPlate Atlanta, 

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Environmental Committee-Atlanta, Center for Biological Diversity, Chico Bags and the Bag Monster, Orange Halo Atlanta, ConservingNow, Cochran Mill Nature Center, ISFoundation, LiveThrive / GreenPages.com, Georgia Tech Living Green Program, Gorilla Sacks, Ocean Revolution / LiveBlue, US Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter, Hope-2-O, Cool People Care, Sierra Club / GreenHome 

Did you know:  The average shopper uses over 500 single use shopping bags each year.  That equates out to over 1-million single use shopping bags being used in America every minute.  Less than 5% of the single use plastic bags ever get recycled.  Recycling centers who attempt to recycle the bags end up spending an ungodly amount of money paying workers to continuously unclog the machines.  The highest cost in workers compensation claims comes from injuries to workers un-clogging the machines.

We produce/consume more bags than we could ever recycle.  Our only solution is to stop using the bags and consider a complete Plastic Bag Ban or fee program like many countries are already doing.

As we grow in coalition members, we plan on organizing via assistance from our members so we can eventually seek legislative support on creating a program, which will best fit our greater Atlanta communities in reducing our plastic consumption.  We are progressing via the following steps: Step 1. - Engaging the public: Step 2. - Forming Connections: Step 3. - Working with Local Council Members:

Please show your support and sign our petition so we can show Local and State legislatures that you agree, we need to do something now and not let the chemical companies continue to attempt to convince us that the bags are needed.

Best regards from the entire OMG Team ;-)

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    • Douglas Einer ESCONDIDO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Waste for profit is ridiculous and counterproductive-!

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    • Barbara Boes BERLIN, GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      PLASTIC KILLS! Please rethink your plastic consumption!

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    • Lauren Brown BORONIA, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why are these animals being killed by the human race? It's so thoughtless

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    • Benjamin Perez IVRY-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE
      • almost 2 years ago

      Oil has brought so many improvements to our modern society, changing our environment completely, we need to wake up and change our habits of consumption, that's why I support the "Plastic Awareness Coalition"

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    • F Mason PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need to keep plastic out!

      I just created a petition entitled Goodwill Industries: Stop using plastic shopping bags.

      I'm trying to collect 1000 signatures, and I could really use your help.

      To read more about what I'm trying to do and to sign my petition, click here:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/goodwill-industries-stop-using-plastic-shopping-bags-2?share_id=NjaPVHxmGS&utm_campaign=petition_creator_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

      It'll just take a minute!

      Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well.

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