plastic pollution

82 petitions

Started 5 days ago

Petition to Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell

Use only recyclable plastic in restaurants and fast-food chains

ProblemThe use, distribution, manufacturing and waste of single-use plastics are contaminating our planet, destroying our beaches, polluting our planet and killing our animals. Each year, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles, and enough plastic to circle the earth 4 times. Only about 25% of plastic in the U.S. is recycled. SolutionIf we recycled the other 75% of plastic, we could save 1 billion gallons of oil and 44 million cubic yards of landfill space annually. We can start by making small changes, such as using only recyclable plastic in our restaurants. No more plastic straws, cups, lids or utensils if they can't be recycled. We're coming to the point in time where ethics are just as important as accessibility and cost. If an animal is injured by the use of something as simple to combat as plastic, why not make the change? We want to stop the deforestation and destruction of our planet, so we need to be the ones to stand up and demand that a change is made! Personal storyMy name is Rachel Ivey, and I live in West Monroe, LA. I'm starting this petition to try and make a change in my community. With luck, I'm hoping that it will begin to encourage change in larger areas and corporate companies. I'm starting from the bottom, and working my way to the top. I used to live my life so destructively; I don't mean that I was destroying myself. I didn't do drugs, and I didn't drink or smoke. I was destroying my planet, and I didn't even know it. After becoming a plant based vegan in March, 2016, I really started to realize how important each person's choices are. We can all do our part, and we all should do our part to help our planet. After researching different things that could be changed in order to live a sustainable lifestyle, I wanted to encourage others to do the same! It starts with you, so start now!

Rachel Ivey
152 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to CEO Publix Supermarkets, Todd Jones, Ed Crenshaw

Ban Plastic Bags

  Dear Mr Jones and Mr. Crenshaw, CEO and  Head Chair of Publix Grocery Stores      Would you please take a moment to read the following. All the signatures below are from your customers who care about our planet and appreciate your stores. First we want to THANK YOU for your signs at each of your stores to remind customers to bring their reusable bags. I recently spent 2 months in Florida and purchased many items from your stores. I rarely saw anyone with reusable bags. How many times do you forget your bags in the car? Let's face it, we have a society of convenience and laziness.  I saw mostly one or two items per plastic bag. So many bags being used unnecessarily. I asked for paper. Your checkers had a hard time finding them and shared that they were discouraged to use paper bags because they cost more. WE ASK THAT YOU BE A PIONEER IN FLORIDA and ban plastic bag use from your stores!  You are the #1 grocery chain in Florida and your customers will appreciate your stand for our environment!  You can start with charging $0.10 each bag then let your customers know they will be banned on a certain day. It will create revenue at first then save you revenue. You can also put boxes in the front of the store and save money for all of the hours paid to your employees for breaking them down. If customers forget their bag they carry it out like Costco. We did it in Hawaii 3 years ago and everyone was fine with it!  THIS IS A WIN FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT! We use over 4 billion single-use plastic bags every year, that's over 10 million each day! Only 3% of them are currently being recycled, 200,000 bags are dumped in landfill every hour, and they take between 50 and 1000 years to degrade. Plastic bags have many negative impacts on our planet, animals and the community. In the marine environment, they are commonly mistaken for food like tasty jellyfish, and a great variety of animals like birds, whales, seals and turtles, can choke to death, die of starvation or infections because they have ingested plastic bags. Many critters also get entangled in plastic bags and packaging floating in the oceans, which can cause them injuries, starvation and even death. It is also estimated that 30 to 50 million plastic bags end up as litter on our beaches, streets and parks and it costs governments, businesses and community groups over $4 million a year to clean up littered plastic shopping bags. Imagine the changes that could be made in our community if the government spent this amount on education, cultural or environmental programs? Plus, plastic bags are produced in factories that use energy made of gas, oil and coal. These production processes emit high amounts of dangerous greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. Plastic bags are also made of petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource rapidly depleting which we should stop using altogether. Thank you for your time reading this and we hope we can thank you for reducing your footprint on our beautiful planet. The Children will Thank You! Blessings to you and your families Victoria Bliss and the Floridian Communities        

Victoria Rasch
1,396 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to European Parliament, Council of the European Union

European Parliament & Ministers: Invest in our oceans!

Português│Español Our oceans have been under attack for decades. Whether through pollution, littering, overfishing, or destroying the seabed, humans are only now understanding how bad the situation is for our oceans. The state of our oceans in numbers:  ̴ 250 000 seabirds were killed in Portugal, Spain and France from just one oil spill off the Galician coast. [1] [2] ̴ 13 000 vessels with dangerous cargo pass off the Galician coast every year. In Spain, 135 accidents involving oil spills occurred between 1991 and 2016. [3] ̴ 275 000 tons of plastics enters the EU seas every year [4] 85% of Mediterranean fish stocks are overfished [5] ̴ 200 000 seabirds across Europe die in fishing gear every year [6] ̴ 44 000 sea turtles in the Mediterranean drown caught in fishing gear annually [7] Currently, Members of the European Parliament and national Fisheries Ministers are debating how to spend 6 billion euros of EU taxpayers’ money in the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF). These negotiations will decide which activities to support at sea between 2021 and 2027. We need to invest at least 1.5 billion Euros (25% of the EMFF) in protecting and restoring our oceans. There are many actions we must take to help turn the tide on the destruction of our oceans, including: Prevent oil spills: Develop crisis emergency plans that account for nature, and prepare port authorities on how to respond to an environmental crisis Fight against environmental crime: Equip and train coastguards to fight against crime at sea, including illegal fishing and dumping End accidental death of animals: Research and test innovative solutions to solve problems such as seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles being incidentally caught in fishing gear Preserve nature at sea: Set up marine protected areas and give local communities the tools they need to preserve their marine environment Tackle plastics: Establish free waste and recycling facilities in ports to allow vessels to responsibly sort litter collected Research ocean life: Track the movement of seabirds, whales, dolphins, and turtles to protect them better Together, we can make this happen. Sign this petition now to tell your European politicians that you want to invest in nature at sea. ---------------------------------------------------------------- This petition is done together with SPEA, SEO Birdlife and LPO ----------------------------------------------------------------- Sources:[1] Results of the coastal surveys (SEO/BirdLife 2003. - see page 27).[2] Experiment to infer the total number of auks affected in Galicia (Munilla et al. 2011.[3][4][5][6]  ICES. 2009. Report of the Working Group on Seabird Ecology (WGSE), 23-27 March 2009, Bruges, Belgium. ICES CM 2009/LRC:10.91 pp.[7] Casale (2011) Casale P. Sea turtle by-catch in the Mediterranean. Fish and Fisheries. 2011;12(3):299–316. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2010.00394.x

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia
2,587 supporters