saving the environment

saving the environment

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Genesis Avila started this petition to State Legislature

Genesis Avila
                                                      Plastic Bags Should Be Banned In Colorado

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Saving the Environment
My name is Genesis Avila, and I am for protecting our environment. Most people are unaware of the damage that plastic bags make. If one single person was to touch a plastic bag once, it would harm our environment forever. For example, according to “NCSL” an article on why plastic bags should be banned it states that plastic bags  “Can mitigate harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes, forests and the wildlife that inhabit them”. After I continued reading I found that reducing plastic can,” Relieve pressure on landfills and waste management”. We should take this into consideration. Plastic bags are a threat to our health. They should be banned statewide. According to “NCSL”, the author says that in the year of 2019 there have been at least 95 bills related to plastic bags…either trying to ban or place a fee on plastic bags. This is important because while I was doing research I found out that the average household has around 40 plastic bags. This is a high cost to our environment. We need to do something about this immediately.

My Experience
Every Wednesday and Thursday my dad would have to park on different sides of the street because the city’s sweeper would pass along the sidewalk and clean up the trash. I remember thinking to myself that the amount of plastic bags that they would pick up off the ground was outrageous. In 2014, there was a law passed in California banning plastic bags for the benefit of the environment. This same article talks about California becoming the first state to enact legislation by imposing a statewide ban. Now you either have to bring your own paper bag or pay the fee for one. Plastic pollution is increasing all over the world.
Our Ocean
Based on ‘Onegreenplanet.org’, “Aquatic organisms are reaching the verge of extinction” because of plastic bags. There are “About 10 of thousands of whales, birds, and seals that are killed every year from plastic bags”. Many of our undersea creatures mistaken plastic bags as food, and end up suffering. A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate. This is important because our sea animals are in danger!
Progress
According to CBS Denver, “ Several Colorado cities now have plastic + paper bag fees” This is significant because now people are being charged for the damage they are using. In the article “ Bag Laws” is states that Denver Colorado has a pending status on banning Plastic Bags. There is no proposal at this time. Now it’s time to make a difference and get some votes in against plastic bags.
Let's make a difference
This is a heartbreaking topic. Plastic bags are not only killing animals, but they are even putting our lives in danger. If everyone were to take some time and realize that this is a massive problem for our own environment, in the long run, I bet we would be able to start reducing the amount of plastic bags that are being used and make an improvement for our planet. Just this year, there have been 95 bills related to banning plastic bags in Colorado. If there is such a severe amount why are we nothing doing anything about this? Please sign my petition to make sure that this threat, not only our health but to the animal's health gets put to an end.

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