Ban plastic bags and straws in NYC!

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Dear Citizen,

Recently, a young pilot whale washed up in Thailand, vomited seven plastic bags and died. During his autopsy, 17 pounds of plastic were found inside him, including 80 more plastic bags.

This horror story is unfolding around the world. In April, a young Sperm whale - the world’s largest whale with sonar that would bust your eardrums! - washed up in Spain, this one carrying 64 pounds of plastic lodged in his stomach.

The belly of the whale is the belly of humanity.

Microplastics, found in products like cleansers and toothpastes, are prevalent in mussels and other filter feeders, in our sushi, our sea salt and in our drinking water.

In fact, the World Health Organization launched a global review of our drinking water last month after microplastics were found to be twice as high in popular bottled water brands as in regular tap water - which in the US, includes 94.4% of our drinking water.

The state of plastics in our water is not OK for me. Is it OK for U?

OKFORU is a project that invites you to fear nothing but complacency.  Together, I hope you will join me in calling on Mayor De Blasio to ban single use plastic bags, straws, and styrofoam in New York and to lead on this issue.

If you would like to get more involved, here are some activities I could use help with at an upcoming art and live event series coinciding in NYC with this petition:

Where: Chinatown Soup (16B Orchard St, New York, NY)

When: Aug 16 - Aug 30 th

Writing postcards. Galvanizing other people to write postcards.

Collecting signatures for petition.

All ideas are appreciated at okforu247@gmail.com

Your fellow citizen,

Julia



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