Petition to Sh. Naresh Kumar, Ms. Rashmi Singh, Mr. Imran Hussain
The Big Ban Failure in New Delhi - Call for Strong Reinforcement to Ban Plastic Bags
Plastic is killing our planet. There are 500 times more pieces of micro-plastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy and by 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish. Plastic is toxic and it can disrupt hormones crucial for a healthy existence. Even when it is not dangerous itself – or not known to be – plastic acts like a magnet for a range of other poisons and pollutants we have spilled into the natural world. Plastic bags, measuring less than 50 microns, are banned in Delhi (national capital of India) and, yet, markets are overflowing with them, even choking on them. How will other cities follow if Delhi can't lead by example? Their use had taken a back seat following a government crackdown in August 2017, after the National Green Tribunal banned their use and imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 on each offender. But the menace is far from over. With the government and civic agencies loosening their grip, these bags have resurfaced in markets. Even though the state government claims to have seized thousands of kilos of polythene bags, a visit to any market, local shop or street vendor will reveal that the picture is still as grim as it was 10 months ago before the crackdown began. We want the Delhi Government especially the Environment Minister and Municipal Corporations to enforce the ban strictly, issue warnings to violators followed by penalties and also, drive mass level awareness on the adverse impacts of plastic bags on our environment. National Green Tribunal had also directed the government to strictly implement its ban order in the city and sought a detailed status report on the issue. However, the adherence to the ban is really poor.
Petition to Zomato, swiggy
Stop single use plastic wrapping in food takeouts
Have you ever ordered food online and felt guilty at the amount of single plastic it comes wrapped in? While online portals have revolutionised the availability of food to anyone anywhere the environmental cost that it will take on us would be unprecedented. Imagine each time you order a milkshake you become complicit in generating plastic container, plastic cover and lots and lots of masking tape that will most likely end up in a landfill very near your home making the city ugly and unhealthy each day you order from a takeout.This doesn't need to be so. It is very easy to send a milkshake in glass bottle if you demand that from your service provider. It is ever more easy to get the food packed in brown paper and single use earthenware and disposable environmental friendly wrapping like leaf plates like we used in India before plastic inundated our lives.Since we pay the money we have every right to demand that our food be sustainable and ethical and not cause problems instead of solving them.Please sign the petition to demand that the online food delivery organisations do away with plastic packaging!
Petition to Prakash Keshav Javadekar, S.P. Singh Parihar, Mr. Narendra Modi
PLEASE BAN THE USE OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC!!
160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second! 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly! 1,000,000 plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. And these plastic products are produced using petroleum, natural gas and other chemicals. Its production is toxic to the environment. Plastic will only start degrading after 700 years and will only fully degrade in 1000 years. This means that all the plastic that has ever been produced has not degraded yet. Plastic products remain toxic even after they break down. They don't biodegrade, they photo-degrade. It means that after they degrade, they break down into smaller and smaller toxic bits of themselves – and bleed and contaminate the environment. In May 2012, two Supreme Court judges, Justice Singhvi and Justice Mukhopadhaya, said that “the next generation will be threatened with something more serious than the atom bomb” unless a “total ban on plastic is put in place”. The efforts of governments and retailers will go to waste if we, the consumers, don’t contribute to the effort of reducing plastic usage. Many state governments have banned some or most plastic articles (Examples include, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir). However, in Jammu and Kashmir, many vendors have not heard of the three-month-old ban. In Karnataka and Punjab, where a ban is in place since 2016, it remains ineffective in most parts, as there is widespread availability of and demand for polythene bags. Yes, you’ve been so used to it. It’s cheap and convenient to carry things in plastic bags or drink beverages using plastic straws or even to buy a packet of chips at the supermarket. But have you ever stopped and wondered what happens after your use these items? That Bisleri bottle you just drank from, what happens to it? This is what: It is simply thrown away into the sea or any where in the environment and left there just to sit. Approximately 40,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated by India daily, and it is only increasing every day! Moreover lots of our waste is ending up in rivers, lakes, oceans, roads and even in the stomachs of many animals! About 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year globally from ingesting plastic or by getting tangled in nylon fishing line, nets, six-pack plastic can holders, and plastic rope, according to estimates. By 2050 there will be more plastic items in our oceans, than fish. This is due to the poor waste disposable methods we are using; they may be improving, but at too slow a pace... Recycling could be a solution, but why generate plastic waste in the first place! WHY CREATE A PROBLEM AND THEN SPEND OUR TIME, ENERGY AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SOLVING IT! Let's ask our government to BAN THE USE OF ALL SINGLE USE PLASTIC.Together lets eliminate this horrific practice. Please I would urge you to sign and share this petition to create a better future; not just for us humans but also the many plants and animals we share this planet with.
Petition to Prime Minister of India (Mr. Narendra Modi), Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar
LET'S BAN PLASTIC IN INDIA.
Plastics, Man made growing disaster. Plastics are one of the toxic elements that kills 10,000 lives a year directly and indirectly. It affects the environment a lot and causes lots of diseases. Government bans plastics but even then plastic bags are being used. We Indians don’t like to throw waste plastic bags in the garbage, we just dump them in the ground and that brings lots of harmfulness to the environment. According to the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in India every day, out of which 9,000 tonnes is collected and processed, while 6,000 tonnes is not collected. Collecting the plastic bags for recycling is the most tedious process. Instead we can stop manufacturing the disaster. Effects of plastics Eaten by lots of birds and animals and causes death Oceans are polluted by dumping waste Plastics thrown in the ground doesn’t allow the rain water to reach the water table. Plastic bottles contain a toxic element BPA that causes health effects such as infertility and disruptions in reproduction and sexual maturation. A recent report from World economic Forum says by 2050 there would be more plastic in oceans than fish!! What were our ancestors doing before 100 years without plastics? Didn't they live their life? We are exploiting our right of being humans to hurt other species and our very own earth. We are harming our environment for our comfort and spoiling our good health. Solution to save the environment Government should be converting all the factories that manufactures plastic bags to organic bags. Organic bags are made of potato and costs a little higher than plastics. These bags when placed in a glass of water at normal temperature,it dissolves in a day. And when placed in a glass of boiling water, it dissolved in just 15 seconds! These bags take less than 180 days to biodegrade naturally once discarded. So users can throw them away without worrying about harming the environment. The bags are even edible and will cause no harm to animals if ingested. If the plastic bags cost 2 rupees then organic bags will be costing only 3 rupees. Let us save the environment only with 1 rupee. These bags are invented by Ashwath Hegde, a Mangalore-born but now Qatar-based NRI entrepreneur. We can use cloth bags or paper bags in place of plastic bags and glass bottle in place of plastic bottles. Lets kill plastic before it kills us!!
Petition to shyamala , maithili
ZERO LANDFILL- REUSE THE REFUSE
ZERO LANDFILL- REUSE THE REFUSE In Pune during the last few years we are witnessing a huge rise in the quantity of dry waste, recyclable and non-recyclable collected by Pune Municipal Corporation ( PMC) from the doors of our citizens. It is a different story of what is done or treatment of that dry non-recyclable waste collected. It is true we are witnessing waste dumped in open plots, public and private, gardens and parks, streets and every other possible place. Equally hazardous practice of burning the waste is rampant across Pune causing huge health risk to our citizens especially the medically vulnerable population and the poor. There are projects initiated by PMC to handle this dry waste collected which, to put it mildly, is not upto the mark and many a times has let us down. Also the current business model is uneconomical as PMC is required to incur tipping fees of Rs 390/MT plus labor plus transportation costs and only half the daily waste collected is processed and the rest of it goes into landfill which is undesirable. It is also reported the project contractors who handle this are demanding a huge increase in tipping fees from the current Rs 390 to Rs 700 per MT. The result is total unsustainable and environmentally unfriendly waste processing methods are employed which needs to stop forthwith. To this end National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC) , an NGO working at the grassroots level, has proposed the following solution for the treatment of dry non-recyclable waste. We are proposing the concept of Co-processing of combustible non-recyclable waste collected by PMC . Co-processing is a preferred solution in the waste management and ranks higher than incineration and landfill. Co-processing is also recognised as a Waste to Energy Technology in SWM rules. Co-processing is substantially beneficial to Industry and community. To state a few 1) Provides a permanent solution to the waste management problem 2) Reduces emission and GHG 3) Lessens reliance on fossil fuels 4) Preserves natural resources. A cement company has given a written commitment to PMC to process 100 MT/Day combustible non-recyclable dry waste and offered to collect the waste from the municipal corporation. The Cement company has agreed to run this trial initially for a month. The waste will be used as a fuel in the manufacture of cement. Cement kilns offer a great opportunity for solving the disposal issue of the combustible fraction. In cement kilns, the dry waste not only gets disposed of in an environmentally sound manner but also it gets utilized as an Alternative Fuel if the quality of the same is tuned to the acceptable level of cement kilns and commercially it gets defined as an attractive proposition. If this “ Proof of concept “ is satisfactorily demonstrated to the PMC authorities, which we are sure can be achieved, we can dispose all the waste, dry non-recyclable, ie approx 700 MT/Day in a more scientific and environmentally friendly way. As this Co-processing trial requires the consent of the General Body of the PMC,which will convene on the 21st April, it is our appeal to all responsible citizens to sign this petition immediately for submission to the mayor of Pune for a favorable decision. NSCC 17/4/2021
Petition to Baba Ramdev, Aacharya Bala Krishna
Stop usage of environment harming carry bags (NWPP) in your stores
Many of us are regular consumers of Patanjali products , because we like them. But I have noticed that Patanjali products are handed out to customers in NWPP (Non Woven Poly Propylene) bags . These bags look like cotton bags, but they are not. Did you know that they are even more dangerous than the regular plastic bags, which are handed out by most small vendors. These NWPP bags are bleached polymers or chlorinated polymers, which produce cancerous gases like Dioxin and Furans on burning. These Dioxins are highly potent gases and can breach any vital organ of all living bodies resulting in fatal diseases. Essentially burning of these NWPP bags creates even more dangerous pollutants than the normal plastic. And whatever we may say or instruct , we all know that burning of these is quite rampant. You can well imagine the impact it has, on the air that we breathe. Let’s talk about the numbers involved. Number of Exclusive Patanjali Mega Stores = 258 Number of Patanjali Chikisalaya = 1420 Number of Patanjali Aarogya Kendras = 3363 TOTAL = 5041 Some of the stores I visited, mentioned usage of about 250 NWPP bags per day. Assuming a lower usage in some stores and higher in some others, taking 200 as the average number of bags being used by each store, the total number of NWPP bags being handed out to customers on a regular basis would be as follows. Daily Weekly Monthly 1,008,200 7,057,400 30,246,000 This is a huge number by any standard. We are not even talking of the bags being handed over in other stores, that stock Patanjali products and use the same Patanjali bags. Patanjali has a huge portfolio of products and going by the popularity of the brand, it is only going to keep increasing, resulting in more and more of these bags being handed out. And the horrible impact on our health. I am starting this petition to request Patanjali Founders Baba Ramdev ji and Aacharya Bala Krishna ji to take the necessary steps to stop the usage of these harmful bags in their stores . Here is what am I asking for: 1. Stop handing out NWPP bags in all your stores 2. Encourage buyers to bring their own Jute/Cotton bags AND Make low cost cotton carry bags available for a price, to those who do not bring their own bags. Patanjali became a leader in Indian fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector with nature-based products in various categories in just 3-4 years. These nature based products should also be handed out in environment friendly carry bags. Citizens of India are looking up to Patanjali to become a leading example for other FMCG companies in this area too. If you care for the environment, for the air that you breathe, and want to do something about it, please sign this petition and share with others. Together, we can all make a difference . Thank you for your support.
Petition to Government of Sindh food department, MR. Imran Khan, Government of Pakistan
Ban single use plastic in food deliveries
Single use plastic is harmful for the environment. It is light weighted hence it can travel far away without us even realising it. It takes more than 1000 years for plastic to degrade. Most of our plastic ends up in landfills, our oceans and our environment. Plastic doesn’t degrade but it breaks down into smaller pieces. Animals in the ocean often mistake plastic for jelly fish and can suffocate to death on our garbage because we aren’t responsible with our waste management. Various kinds of animals can be harmed with plastic pollution. More than 100,000 whales, seals and turtles die per year due to plastic pollution in the ocean. Plastic is also flammable. Often people burn their trash but that releases toxins into the air and is bad for our health as well as the environment. We do not like seeing trash everywhere on the streets or around our homes and neither does the marine life. We are bringing our world into theres which is unacceptable. 250 million tons of garbage in Pakistan includes plastic bags, pet bottles and food scraps. More than half of this waste ends up on water bodies. Plastic is not only harmful to the environment and wildlife but us too. There are many health hazards caused by single use plastic. With most of Pakistan being uneducated and the rate of poverty, we are also harming what some people call their homes. As of this reason they are also not aware of the side effects and troubles caused by one plastic bag/utensil/straw etc. As higher privileged girls of Pakistan, it is our duty to bring a change and educate people, for us, for the future generations, for everyone around us, for the wildlife and for the environment. It’s time we start somewhere. During the lockdown every family has been ordering food constantly almost everyday. Sign our petition and bring us one step closer to banning single use plastic in restaurants and food deliveries for the betterment of everyone. There are many other alternatives to plastic that can be used for the same purpose. Help us reduce the plastic usage in Pakistan and hope for a greener environment and country. Fighting against climate change is something both of us are very passionate about. We are students at Haque Academy and have an instagram account where we use that platform to raise awareness and contribute in bringing a change (@pollutionpatrol_). Being part of Gen Z is truly more than a blessing. We would like to bring a change into this world and it starts within us.
Petition to Government , You
Quit plastic straws, switch or ditch! Make your impact by saving environment
3.3 Million plastic straws a day are being disposed everyday in Kerala alone. Where do these straws go? How do they disintegrate? Are they making lives worse, in the garb of making it comfortable? Plastic straws have become such a big part of our lives, that even the most environmentally 'woke’ of us hardly notice when we use them ourselves! Plastic straws, more often than not, inevitably end up in landfills, which barely have mechanisms to degrade them - and that's no surprise, 'cause plastic IS Non-Biodegradable. What's worse, is that a large part of these are disposed into the ocean, where it easily breaks down, constantly affecting and depleting our marine bio-diversity. No prizes for guessing who gets affected by this the most - us! It was during a forest cleanup after the Kerala floods that changed my attitude towards the way I see and perceive plastic straws. Plastic straws were among the most found materials we cleaned from that forest which was acting as a barricade to the water seeping into the soil. The cleanup was initiated after a long series of landslides and animal death reported due to the effect of large concentrations of plastic waste among this region. Did you know, that none of the plastic straws used thus far have decomposed? These straws are a direct threat to our health, giving us a range of issues, from gastric discomforts to enamel degradation, and even estrogen variations! Still waiting on the plastic straw for your juice? So where do we begin? From here! Let's make Thiruvananthapuram plastic straw free! We owe it, as the capital city, to our 'most literate state’ status, don't we? Let's inspire the change - one person, one household, one neighborhood, one city, one state, one country at a time! Here's where the change begins, from us. #SwapTheStraw for a more biodegradable or reusable version. Say NO to plastic straws, if you don’t really need one. Your NO makes a DIFFERENCE! #SwapTheStraw for paper straws or reusable ones made of bamboo or steel, easily available online and select stores. Push your canteens, your favorite restaurants, your family members, your peers. Push yourself and them to #SwapTheStraw today! And tell our leaders to take stance too, to #SwapTheStraws. Sign this petition, and let them know, that the change has begun with you! #MeTheChange