The City of Poway should ban the use of plastic bags in stores, restaurants, and other places where plastic bags are offered to customers. In our "City in the Country," where residents enjoy the beautiful nature preserves, hiking and running trails, and of course, Lake Poway, it is important to continue to maintain their well-being by ensuring that plastic, one of the most harmful materials to the Earth’s ecosystems, does not have any negative effects in our community. On average, 1.6 billion gallons of oil are used to produce plastic bags alone, many of which litter our streets, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, approximately 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 whales, sea turtles, and other marine species die each year as a result of plastic bags. It is time to join the likes of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and many other California communities in pledging to use environmentally friendly alternatives (such as canvas or paper) and contribute to preserving California’s natural beauty. Uniting in signing this petition is the first step in convincing City Council to recognize the issue of environmental health.