Pennsylvania citizens support a statewide ban on the free distribution of single-use plastic bags
  • Petitioning Pennsylvania Governor

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Pennsylvania citizens support a statewide ban on the free distribution of single-use plastic bags

    1. Petition by

      Brandywine Sprouts, a chapter of Roots & Shoots International

As a Pennsylvania citizen I support a statewide ban in the Commonwealth on the provision by retail stores of free single-use plastic bags and we urge statewide elected officials to pass legislation to that effect.  This action will promote the health and safety of wildlife and watersheds, protect the natural beauty of our communities, conserve our oil supply, increase the longevity of landfill space, and reduce trash management costs to taxpayers. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Molly Yerger KNOXVILLE, TN
      • 20 days ago

      Environment protection is important

    • Marvin Udelhofen SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • about 1 month ago

      Grocery bags are photo-degradable, but not biodegradable. So when they go to landfill and are covered they last thousands of times longer. Lets start by making grocery bags biodegradable, and putting the old type in the sun.

    • Adrian Flynn WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 1 month ago

      Plastic bags are one of the biggest polluters and must not be so easy to obtain so we can protect the environment and the wildlife in it!

    • Leslie Vestrich HEALDSBURG, CA
      • 2 months ago

      A major scourge of the looks, safety and environmental responsibility of any community -- plastic. Start by charging for each bag like they do in many states and Europe then outlaw them.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 2 months ago

      “You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There's been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away -- all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It's powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out. Do you think this is the first time that's happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn't have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can't imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven't got the humility to try. We've been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we're gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.”

      ― Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park / Congo


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