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Plastic straws

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Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Julia Morrison, Andrew Cuomo

Ban plastic bags and straws in NYC!

Dear Citizen, Last year, a young pilot whale washed up in Thailand, vomited seven plastic bags and died. During his autopsy, 17 pounds of plastic were found inside him, including 80 more plastic bags (pictured). This horror story is unfolding around the world. Only a few weeks after I saw the above image, another whale, this one a young Sperm whale - the world’s largest whale with sonar that would bust your eardrums! - washed up in Spain, this one carrying 64 pounds of plastic lodged in his stomach. Even worse? All plastic eventually becomes microplastic, as it never biodegrades but only gets smaller and smaller, and it's finding it's way into our bodies. These tiny plastics, found in consumer products like cleansers and toothpastes, are contaminating fish, oysters, mussels and other filter feeders, sea salt AND even our drinking water. In fact, the World Health Organization recently launched a global review of our world's drinking water after microplastics were found to be TWICE as high in popular bottled water brands as in regular tap water - which in the US, includes 94.4% of our drinking water. The state of plastics in our water is not OK for me. Is it OK for U? OKFORU is a project that invites you to fear nothing but complacency.  Together, I hope you will join me in calling on Mayor De Blasio to ban plastic straws, styrofoam, and other single use plastics before it's too late. As a World City in the 21st century, we must lead on this issue! If you would like to get more involved, come check out this event coming up, and sign below.  Where: BROOKLYN  When: JUNE 8TH All ideas are appreciated at okforu247@gmail.com Your fellow citizen, Julia

Julia Morrison
3,381 supporters