Raise Tax for Items with/Using Plastic in Santa Cruz, CA

Raise Tax for Items with/Using Plastic in Santa Cruz, CA

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Ainsley Fincher started this petition to Santa Cruz City Council and

As a twelve-year-old girl living in Santa Cruz County, California, I walk home from my bus stop every day seeing plastic packaging laying abandoned in gutters and single-use plastic bags on street corners, forgotten. Not only is it unsightly but it also destroys marine life and is a major pollutant to our planet. I strongly believe I am not the only one who would like to put this issue to an end at last and help save the marine life we are so fortunate to enjoy in this area that could be hastily snatched away from us due to the abundance of plastic we tolerate in our city.

In fact, due to plastic waste, about 100,000 marine creatures die every year due to entanglement in plastic objects that have found their way to the ocean. It is also important to acknowledge the nearly 1 million sea-dwelling birds that perish annually due to plastic waste as well. However, with a simple tax raise on items containing plastic or using plastic wrappings in our county, we could turn this dilemma around. It is displayed in Ireland how well this method worked. With a simple tax raise of 15c on plastic bags, their plastic bag usage plummeted by 90%.

Before you disregard, please consider what our environment's future holds if we continue to selfishly turn a blind eye to this massive issue. Future generations may not grow up around the same marine life we are lucky enough to encounter on the daily because of plastic. Species could be wiped out. Our shores no longer made out of sand but of piles of garbage. I urge to consider signing this petition to make a difference not only in our city's future but in the planet's future. Thank you.

 

 


Sources- http://oceancrusaders.org/plastic-crusades/plastic-statistics/

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