Stop glyphosate. Keep our creek (and bodies) clean and healthy before it’s too late!

Stop glyphosate. Keep our creek (and bodies) clean and healthy before it’s too late!

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Aila McGregor started this petition to michellemcgregor527@msn.com

The problem is the inane use of glyphosate in Leesburg, VA. Glyphosate is a herbicide used to make weeds die and prevent flooding. This may seem like a good idea, but it’s not. Glyphosate causes rapid growth of artificial superweeds, which causes the same problems real weeds do; They are just harder to kill and more disgusting. And it does kill the real weeds, but instead of a beautiful sprawling field of flowers, you get dead things when you look out your window. This chemical is also extremely harmful to humans and animals, causing cancer. There have been over 11,000 lawsuits in the US about this matter. All sorts of wildlife has disappeared from these beautiful places because of this spray. The glyphosate is affecting three areas in Loudoun- the Town Branch at Dry Mill, the Rip-Rap near Plaza Street bridge, and the Carravale Swale. The cost of spraying these sites is ridiculous. I’m not talking about the numerical cost, I’m talking about the cost of disappearing wildlife and the spread of disease. They do this spraying twice a year. Think of how many creatures die. Think of how many people get sick. Think of what is contaminating your drinking water. This is a real problem that MUST be fixed.

Thankfully, there is something that can be done. Native plants and trees are one option—this is called a riparian buffer. There are lots of all natural weed-killing alternatives, including organic sprays, and a company in California figured out that spraying scalding hot water works, and someone even suggested a GOAT! These are all things to consider.

I am a 10 year old from Leesburg. When I was little, I used to love chasing fireflies then releasing them at the creek behind my house. Then the number of fireflies decreased. And decreased. And then one spring they were all gone. It was so sad, because I loved those fireflies. Every spring night I check in hopes of seeing one, but there never is. So I decided to write something to present to the town council and make a difference to every firefly that is not at the creek today.

Please sign my petition to let the Leesburg Town Council know that you do not want glyphosate anywhere near our creek!

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