Petition to Dr Amy Khor
Anti-Plastic Petition, Singapore
Dear Dr Amy Khor Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, We issue this petition on World Environment Day with grave concern as to your recent comments regarding plastic bag usage, as reported in several news outlets including the Straits Times. We refer in particular to the absence of plans for a levy on plastic bags, or any meaningful legislation to curb the prodigious usage of them in our country. Singapore now stands with the ever-diminishing list of countries that avoid the critical issue of excessive plastic consumption. In this regard, we are sorry to say that Singapore stands on the wrong side of history. But this is something that you, in your role as Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, can address - not just for the good of your contemporaries, but also for all future generations. We face the prospect of a world weighed down by plastic - where the discovery of dead animals’ stomachs full of discarded plastic waste is the norm, not the exception. This is a world we cannot accept, and therefore which it is our responsibility to prevent. A plastic bag levy is a practical solution which will both draw attention to the often unthinking usage of multiple bags when fewer or none will do, whilst simultaneously generating revenue which can be used to develop alternative materials, recycling options, or even to promote other elements of the government’s environmental agenda. It makes little sense to avoid implementing a levy until an alternative material can be developed - this condemns our country and the surrounding region to potentially years more pollution on a vast scale, and is representative of nothing more than a policy void paired with permanent and harmful implications for the world. We must only look around us - to the many other countries in the world that have led from the front, for inspiring stories of how small changes can have powerful effects. In the UK, a 5 pence plastic bag levy led to an 83% drop in usage within one year. In Taiwan, an NT$1 charge for every plastic bag led to an 80% drop usage within a year. Australia achieved a 45% drop, Denmark a 60% drop - the list goes on, and on - and each example demonstrates that change is possible. Plastic bag usage is an addiction, and one that can be broken: For the good of all of us and all of the world around us. Dr Khor, you occupy a position of wisdom and responsibility within our government so we ask that you consider this when considering our petition. We ask that you look at not the short-term issues, but those of the long-term. In fifty years a generation will look back and wonder how people could so recklessly and persistently damage the world around them. And so we ask you to help us stand on the right side of history. This petition requests that you implement a levy on plastic bag usage, with a view to reducing overall usage of plastic bags in Singapore. We do not ask that you find an alternative, and thus we do not accept that a delay is necessary until an alternative can be found. Meaningful action can be taken now, and we ask that you take it. For those signing this petition, thank you for your action. Please leave your comments and stories below for Dr Amy Khor to read as well. Our voices must be heard. For more information on plastics, visit wwf.sg/uselessplastic Photo credit: National Geographic
Petition to Ms Lim Peck Hoon
Help make Changi Airport straw-free!
Let’s ban plastic straws in Changi Airport, and replace them with reusable/ paper straws that can be provided upon request. With enough signatories, we may be able to convince Changi! --- Think about the last time you used a plastic straw. How long did you use it for before tossing it? Regardless of what your answer is, it will pale in comparison to the lifetime of plastic straws: FOREVER. This is because plastic does not biodegrade—It breaks down into smaller pieces called ‘micro-plastics’. Made from fossil fuels, plastic straws are almost never recycled because they're too small and could be made from several different types of plastic. They simply contribute to the massive problem of plastic pollution; eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year Our excessive use of plastic straws is doing enormous damage to the environment, and specifically our oceans. Water is being polluted and aquatic life is being injured and killed off on a large scale due to the volume of plastic in the ocean. According to StrawlessOcean.org around 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs and if plastic is ingested, marine life has just a 50% chance of survival. Every year about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans and in 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice that. At this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. ----- How does Changi Airport come into play? In 2017, a record-breaking 62.2 million passengers were handled by Changi Airport. That amounts to a humongous amount of footfall in the 140 F&B outlets within the 4 terminals. Imagine—even if only 10% of passengers used a plastic straw, that is still 6.22 million people using these useless one-use items. The absentminded usage of plastic straws is an unnecessary habit that can be kicked. Most of us don’t actually need straws—we’re just accustomed to their ubiquitous presence in our lives. We can drink hot coffee in a mug so why can’t we go straw-free with iced? If enough of us decide to make this tiny, effortless change in our lives, the benefit to our oceans will be mammoth. Changi Airport is the world’s best. But we can make it better. Let’s ban plastic straws in Changi Airport, and replace them with reusable/ paper straws that can be provided upon request. We’ll show the world that Changi Airport takes ownership in caring for our only planet.
Petition to Government
Call to introduce a surcharge on single-use cups
Every year, around 5 billion single-use paper cups are used in the UK’s coffee shops and takeaways. The vast majority contain a plastic lining which is tightly bonded to the paper, making the cup waterproof and able to hold liquid. Only 4% of these cups are captured for recycling with the remainder ending up in landfill, waste incinerators or in our countryside, rivers and oceans where the plastic lining can break down into micro-plastics affecting our precious wildlife and marine life and polluting our soils. Additionally, single-use cups made entirely of plastic – often used for takeaway juices and smoothies - are also thought to be used in their billions each year. In January 2018, the Environmental Audit Committee, chaired by Mary Creagh MP, called on the UK government to introduce a 25p levy targeted at all single use coffee cups. Government subsequently refused to endorse this proposal and in October 2018, the Chancellor stated he would not be introducing a levy on any single use cups, claiming that it would not lead to a widespread shift to reusables. Yet at the same time, a surcharge of 25p was introduced on single-use paper cups used for hot drinks sold in the Houses of Parliament. This has resulted in a massive 74% drop* in the use of paper cups, with no negative impact on overall sales. We believe that the UK Parliament itself has now delivered compelling evidence that a charge on all single use cups can encourage consumers to switch to reusable alternatives. The UK Government is now lagging behind the Scottish Government, who committed in principle to introducing a charge on single use cups in their 2018 budget. They have since received a report from an expert panel that recommends: applying a charge of at least 20p to 25p on every disposable cup; developing pilots to promote reusable cups; and banning polystyrene cups. We urge the UK Chancellor to introduce a charge of at least 25p, with the proceeds used to support projects that help tackle the climate emergency and end waste for good. This petition is supported by the following organisations: Keep Britain Tidy, Greenpeace, Surfers Against Sewage, the Marine Conservation Society, CPRE, Earthwatch Europe and the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland. *https://www.foodservicefootprint.com/footprint-investigation-parliament-burnt-by-compostable-pledge/
Petition to Publix Grocery Stores, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott
DEAR PUBLIX, BAN PLASTIC BAGS!
Just earlier this month I visited Bradenton, Florida, with my mother for a week long tennis camp. Whilst we were in the checkout line in a Publix grocery store, we noticed that around ten plastic bags were used to package our moderate amount of groceries, when it could have taken one or two reusable bags. It is not the first time that I had witnessed plastic bags being wasted excessively in the Publix stores of Florida, as I have visited Florida four times before besides this trip. Publix is the biggest supermarket chain in Florida, and one of the biggest in the US as well. If Publix truly cared about the environment as they say they do, then they should stop using plastic bags. Right now, I don't see how Publix is living up to their mission statement: "Green isn't just our color, it's our commitment." We are producing around 300 million tons of plastic every year - an alarming amount that will mostly end up in the oceans. Half of the plastic products produced are for single use- a perfect example of this are plastic bags. A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes, meaning that after 15 minutes, the average consumer disposes the plastic bag. This concerns me greatly as plastic waste has been a major problem that has contributed to the growth of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, spanning around 1.6 million square kilometers and containing 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. Not only is this terrible for the environment and for marine life, but it also affects our health. When fish, shellfish, mussels, and other marine animals consume microplastics that come from broken-down plastics, we end up consuming those animals and are prone to ingesting tiny amounts of unhealthy microplastics. In addition, microplastics can be found in sea salt, which we use as seasoning for meals every day, and they have also been found in honey and beer. According to National Geographic, studies show that these microplastics have been “endocrine disruptors—chemicals that interfere with normal hormone function, even contributing to weight gain.” Although these microplastics mainly reside in the digestive systems of these animals, they have also moved into their organs and muscle tissue, which we consume. It will make a huge difference if Publix stores all around the US, especially in Florida, stopped using plastic bags. Thank you.
Petition to Vogue Magazine, Anna Wintour
Vogue- please use compostable plastic packaging for posting your magazine
Vogue magazine is one of the, if not the most well known and important fashion magazines of all time- it sets the trend for the up and coming style each and every year through it’s glossy pages and brilliant legacy. However, this magazine still continues to use non-compostable plastic packaging. Plastic has been destroying the earth for as long as it has been around; between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year. This damages marine habitats and pollutes the ocean, making it harder for most animals, including humans, to thrive on earth. By using compostable plastic packaging, Vogue could save so much plastic from going into the sea- just think about it. If Vogue started using compostable packaging such as packaging made from potato starch, many other publishing companies and magazines would follow in tow, saving so much plastic from entering the ocean and polluting the land. Please stop the pollution of our earth. We don’t have much time before it is too late.
Petition to Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl, Donald J. Trump
Ban ALL single use plastic by 2020- Worldwide
Plastic production and single use plastics are are destroying our wildlife and our planet. Wildlife are dying from consuming plastics as they think it’s food. This is rapidly contributing to climate catastrophe (change). Please help our planet for the future generations to come and importantly our wildlife against climate catastrophe. We have the power to change how we shape our future, our child’s future and our grandchild’s future. The list goes on. We need to act on this sooner rather than later. Will you sit back and do nothing or will you fight for our amazing planet?
Petition to Stuart Machin, Carmel Mcquaid, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Theresa Villiers
STOP the Little Shop M&S promo and halt giving away FREE plastic toys when Food shopping
Marks and Spencers (M&S) in the United Kingdom have stated in 12 months from October 2018 they will be reducing 1,000 tonnes of plastic packaging within their Stores. However they are introducing a promotion where each food shop of more than £20 earns the shopper a Mini Plastic version of the plastic rubbish we are trying to get rid off! Please sign this petition to ask M&S to stop this promotion.
Petition to UK Parliament
Peoples Planet Promise
Hi everyone I am 10 years old and living in London and i am very concerned about what will become of this little earth when I grow up. So I would like to do something about it. Please help by signing my petition to demand my school debate and the UK government pass laws on CLIMATE CHANGE. I am hoping that people will walk more and drive less, use less disposable plastic bottles and eat less beef. Thanks everyone.Alin