Remove Pro-Plastic Bag Text from California Textbooks!
  • Petitioned California EPA

This petition was delivered to:

California EPA
California State Board of Education
California Dept. of Education, Curriculum, Learning, and Accountability Branch

Remove Pro-Plastic Bag Text from California Textbooks!

    1. Veronica Zaleha
    2. Petition by

      Veronica Zaleha

      Santa Cruz, CA

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May 2012

Victory

A California environmental curriculum influenced by the plastics industry -- including a section asking students to memorize the benefits of plastic bags -- will be rewritten due to public outcry, California Watch reported on May 4, 2012. 

Veronica Zaleha, a Santa Cruz high school teacher librarian, started her petition on Change.org after California Watch initially reported that the K-12 curriculum had been edited to include word-for-word suggestions from the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for the plastics industry. The new curriculum no longer includes the section titled, “The Advantages of Plastic Shopping Bags" and has recent statistics on recycling.

Across the country, bans on plastic bags are gaining momentum because they make sense—in today's world, there is no need for a flimsy, fossil-fuel based, single-use bag. The waste is enormous and emphasis must be placed on investment in products that are made from sustainable materials that last.

The recent insertion of pro-plastic bag text into California's state curriculum by the American Chemistry Council (a lobbying arm of the chemical industry that makes plastic bags) is absolutely inexcusable. Industry lobbyists have no business editing state curricula, especially when the information encourages poor environmental practice and is disputed by factual evidence.

Tell the California state officials to remove this harmful and misleading information from California's curricula.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. From Sen. Fran Pavley's Office

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      "It's important to keep up the pressure" while the state conducts its review. Keep signing the petition!

    3. State Agency To Conduct A Review of Textbook

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      California Watch reports: The state agency charged with developing and editing a new environmental curriculum for California’s schoolchildren said it will conduct a review of a textbook chapter on plastic shopping bags... Read more at the link.

    4. ABS local news has covered this campaign

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Watch the ABC clip on this petition here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHEwTOSeJLI

    5. Reached 25,000 signatures
    6. Santa Cruz Librarian Fights Industry-Driven Plastic Bag View in Textbook

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Local news media is picking up on this campaign.

    7. Petition's Success Makes Headlines

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      California Watch, the investigative outlet that broke this story, featured Veronica Zaleha's story today in their update about the amazing success of the petition so far.

    8. California officials respond

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      "The state's superintendent of public instruction, Tom Torlakson, issued a statement saying his office would work with California's Environmental Protection Agency to identify areas for further review." Let's ask them to do the right thing!

    9. Reached 20,000 signatures
    10. Plastics industry edited environmental textbook

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Read the original investigative report by California Watch, which led to this campaign.

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sarah Foglesong CARLSBAD, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Opinions do not belong in textbooks.

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    • Jeff Archuleta DENVER, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      After watching this you'll say, "I did not see that coming!"

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    • G D STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why not include pictures of gannets and loggerhead turtles choking on bags they've mistaken for jellyfish in the text?

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    • Jean Quinlan STAUNTON, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      America's school textbooks must not be a venue for advertising.

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    • Adrian Dominic Saenz PHOENIX, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      then stop being lazy & recycle

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