Make San Antonio ban all single use plastic bags

Make San Antonio ban all single use plastic bags

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Jody Weinman started this petition to Mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg

Last October, San Antonio passed the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, in which they pledge to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases driving global warming to net zero by 2050.  There are many ways for the city to achieve this goal, and one of the easiest first steps would be to BAN the use of single-use plastic bags.  

According to the Center for Biological Diversity: 

- Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.  

- It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent of the gas required to drive one mile.

- The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.

- According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest end up in landfills or as litter.

- Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.


- At least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean.
100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.  One in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.


- Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes.


- It takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately the bags don't break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment.

The climate crisis is the existential threat of our lifetime.  We are grateful for Mayor Ron Nirenberg for being a leader on the issue, and the city of San Antonio passing the Climate Action plan.  Many changes that we must make as a city will be very difficult, but this is not one of them.  Mayor Nirenberg, we know you want to be a leader on environmental action.  Please join the Texas cities of Austin, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Port Aransas, Laredo, Kermit, Sunset Valley, Freer, Laguna Vista, South Padre Island, and Fort Stockton.

Ban single-use plastic bags in San Antonio NOW.

 

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