Ban single-use plastics in the United States

Ban single-use plastics in the United States

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Nicole Burns started this petition to US Government and

We are in the midst of an epidemic of gigantic proportions, which we have all created or helped to maintain, in our ridiculous addiction to single-use plastics. In every part of our lives, at every stage and every activity, we are constantly being bombarded with needless single-use, unrecyclable (in fact, not in theory) plastics.

Plastic, a petroleum product, needlessly wraps our foods, toys, products, and pollutes every phase of our culture and way beyond. This plastic (as with all petroleum products) is a great risk to our environment, both the marine environment, our land, and our internal environments: it is in our homes, in our landfills, polluting our beautiful beaches and estuaries, blowing by us on our streets, caught in trees and in brooks and streams, and in our very bodies.

We are seeing unprecedented levels of allergy, disease, cancers of all types, and untold and irreversible damage to our ecology and environment on which we rely directly.

Every aspect of our lives and life on earth is affected by plastics, which have been shown to cause all kinds of harms, with more destructive and dangerous qualities and situations being discovered every day - and yet which production is so entrenched in our system as to be indistinguishable from it. This cannot continue. Must not continue.

All kinds of viable, sustainable, scalable, and sufficient alternatives exist for almost every single current usage of plastic, and there is simply no reason other than entrenchment, recklessness, and stupidity to continue with this destructive cycle of pollution. Trash should not be dangerous and deadly, a horrific problem to deal with- it need not be. We can create a world very easily where trash is not bad but good- fertilizer, raw materials for life- part of the natural cycle- the way it was for millennia and the way it works the best. 

Instead, we have historically subsidized the petroleum industry, rewarded and encouraged the destruction of our environment, both knowingly and unknowingly. As is, an absolutely immense amount of US tax dollars from hardworking Americans go to feed into this destructive industrial cycle, which while posting record profits again and again and again, is choking off life at every single aspect of its workings and which profits therefrom invariably go to the very few powerful people in charge. There is plenty to do, plenty of better work for the people to do- and we need to subsidize only that which benefits us overall. We have no excuse not to act now to rectify this insane situation and move towards a better future. 

We need to remove the influence of all petroleum production from our world. Banning single-use plastics would be a start, just one part. But a major one. We can be the shining example for the rest of the World to follow, if we act.

Many cities and municipalities have enacted bans already, it works just fine. We need action on the Federal level to make this a reality for everyone, and remind all our citizens and the World what We The People can do when we act together, in the interest of us All.

We need to do this NOW. The World is watching.

Please, please help. Thank you.

[Photo by Muhammad Numan on Unsplash]

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