Ban Single Use Plastic Bags in Winnipeg, Manitoba

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This petition is brought to you by Plastic Bag Free Winnipeg (@PlasticBagFreeWPG on Instagram). We are a student led environmental group brought together by our passion for spreading awareness to the masses on the climate crisis and other environmental concerns. We dream of a future where young people awaken their collective power to hold the Canadian Government and large corporations accountable for the consequences of their actions and demand change for the sake of all humanity.

Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are produced and distributed worldwide. Winnipeg annually generates over 750 000 tonnes of garbage, much of which is single-use plastics and packaging. Approximately 11% of all plastic bags are recycled - the remaining 89% ends up in the landfill or littering our streets. Many Manitoba cities have already affirmed the need to eliminated the use of single-use plastics by implementing bans on plastic bags, including Leaf Rapids, Snow Lake, The Pas, and Thompson.

We are demanding a version of our city that moves from the use of single-use plastic bags. The City of Winnipeg must not wait passively for the Province of Manitoba to implement legislation that reduces our environmental impact from consumption of harmful materials. We need to take the lead on reaching our sustainability goals to reduce the effects of climate change NOW. It is time to ban plastic bags in Winnipeg!

We are calling on you to help - we need your voice on this issue! Alone our voice will be a whisper, but together our voices can roar! We know you care, not only for your future, but the future of thegenerations yet to come. For too long - we as a society, have willfully let the manipulation of big corporations and plastic producers convince us that there is no way to live without the convenience of plastic. That is a lie that we would blindly feast upon, but no more! Not only can we live without plastic, but we will thrive without it!

Come, join and ROAR with us!

Plastic Bag Free Winnipeg

Instagram: @PlasticBagFreeWPG