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Petition to Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council of Houston

Bag-Free Bayous Houston

We ask you to pass an ordinance that increases the use of reusable bags and decreases the use of single-use bags, especially plastic ones. Every year, about 300 million pounds of plastic are produced, but only 10 percent is recycled.[1] It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per year for every man, woman, and child in the country.[2] Many of these bags end up on the streets and sidewalks or caught in tree branches. Others wind up in bayous. Not only does the litter look bad and hurt wildlife in the bayous, it washes into our bays, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. The adoption of reusable bags could save taxpayer dollars related to cleanup costs. Cities all over the world have cut the use of single-use plastic bags including Austin, Brownsville, Laredo, and the small town of Kermit, Texas. The most effective policy is a ban on plastic bags and a small fee on paper bags. Another option is to place a small fee on both plastic and paper bags. In some cities, the fees go to the retailer for their costs and in others they also help pay for cleaning up litter.[3] Let’s make Houston a shining example of environmental responsibility! I encourage you to take a stand for beautiful bayous and streets! About this Petition:I am Lila Mankad, a 4th grader in Ms.Caraways's class at Travis Elementary in Houston. I live near Little White Oak Bayou, and it bothers me that it's full of trash. I've noticed that one of the main problems is plastic bags. As long as I can remember, they have been waving in the trees more abundantly than the Spanish Moss. Sadly, the the problem with plastic bags isn't just that they look trashy. They kill wildlife, block our waterways, and make Houston look like it doesn't care about the Earth.That might be the old Houston,but not the Houston I grew up in, or the Houston of tomorrow. I want to be the kind of person who changes the world instead of complaining. I want to be the kind of person that solves problems instead of creating them. I want Houston to be a city that really believes "it's worth it". For these reasons, I have joined together with my friend Caoilin Krathaus to start this petition to dramatically reduce the use of plastic bags by banning them or placing a fee on their use. And I know we can do it because cities across the world have made similar bans and reduced pollution drastically. Please sign this petition and help Houston be known for moss in it's trees instead of plastic.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] Wassimer, Bettina. “Raising Awareness of Plastic Waste.” New York Times, August 14, 2001. Accessed May 1, 2016. [2] Gamerman, Ellen. September 26, 2008. Wall Street Journal. Accessed May 1, 2016. [3] Surfrider Foundation. "Rise Above Plastics Toolkit." Surfrider.og. Accessed May 1, 2016.

Bag-Free Bayous Mission
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STOP artificial turf on Key Biscayne's Village Green

The Village green is the only natural public park for thousands of children living in Key Biscayne. It is unbelievable someone could even consider replacing it with artificial turf! There are hundreds of evidence that show the disadvantages of artificial turf for kids, specially if placed on high temperature climate like ours. I understand we would like to have a "perfect" lawn  for kids to play soccer! But to what cost? Do we really not understand how damaging is for kids? Where is our common sense? What is next? Pouring cement over the beach so its neat and leveled, and little kids don't fall when running and people keep their feet clean? Our trying to "perfect" everything through plastic is a mistake. Dear Mayor Mayra Peña and council members, we understand you take the lead representing the benefit of all of us, please consider the fact that artificial turf in our climate is very damaging for children and that even sport institutions all over the world are banning turf fields. HEAT The surface of an artificial sport held on a sunny day in the summer can reach more than 140o F. This causes dehydration, heat stroke and blisters on the bottoms of the feet of players) .   INJURIES Thousands of evidence show players suffer more joint injuries (especially knee, ankle and foot) and "turf burns" are not only more painful but dangerous.  HARMFUL CHEMICALS in artificial turf (yes even if it is not made of tires) go directly into the air, some of which are known to cause cancer. Do we really want this for our children? Will you council members carry the responsibility of having taken this decision that over years to come will prove to be a terrible mistake. Kids need contact with nature more than ever! Their bodies and minds are resenting the alienation with it, respiratory and neurological problems are reaching alarming numbers It is truly astonishing that knowing how all the world is creating innitiatives to keep natural places alive, we, at this very privileged community are taking one step back. If taken, this choice would be of great damage to children and the environment. And people will resent its consequences for years.  Please help us keep our children healthy and happy and our Island a paradise! Thank You  Bibiana Domit

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