Petition to John Hickenlooper, Chris Howes, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Ban Plastic Bags in the State of Colorado
It's no surprise that plastic bags are absolutely detrimental to the environment and the fragile ecosystem. It takes anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years for plastic bags to biodegrade. Instead of breaking down into the soil when a bag is littered, it just continues to break into smaller toxic pieces, contaminating waterways and the soil. This is where a seemingly harmless bag becomes a murder weapon for the animals that accidentally eat them. An animal that eats a bag and dies from it will biodegrade while the bag does not, so that same bag will continue killing more animals. It wraps around their intestines and chokes them causing them to suffer a slow and painful death claiming the lives of an average of 1 billion seabirds and mammals each year. Plastic bags also cause an average of 100 million deaths to marine life annually that also mistake it for food. Almost 90% of the debris found in the ocean is plastic. Instead of getting a new plastic bag every time you shop, you could be using a cloth bag or a bag made from recycled material over and over again. This would benefit all sides of the spectrum including the retailers who would save a tremendous amount of money because it costs the U.S. alone an estimated $4 billion to produce these 1 billion bags a year. What's worse is plastic bags are made of polyethylene which is a petroleum product and the production of these bags causes an incredibly large amount of pollution and energy consumption. With each plastic bag that is made, the petroleum used could drive a car 11 meters. All of this is incredibly unnecessary! We can make a huge difference in the world we are living in one step at a time. Imagine how many species will be saved by making a simple change. It's time we take pride in the beautiful world we live in and use smarter and safer methods in our lifestyle that affect all of us and our children. We are all a part of this Earth. We are born here and we will die here, going back into the circle of life. So, when we destroy the Earth, we are destroying all that we are. I don't want to see another animal dead because of my neglect to face an inconvenient truth. We as humans are conscious of our actions so we should be taking the opportunity to change our ways. It is our responsibility to do our part and set an example to get the ball rolling one beautiful state at a time! Please help me address this issue and put a ban on plastic bags among all retailers in the state of Colorado. This is where I need your help in the power of numbers; Sharing this petition with anyone and everyone is the key to a speedy success so don't be shy to keep posting this on your Facebook, Email, Twitter, or even putting the website link on your Instagram bio. Social media in this case can have a really powerful and positive effect so please share this opportunity to everyone you can and encourage them to do the same. It is so appreciated and your precious planet and it's beautiful creatures will thank you. Let's be the change in the world we wish to see; it starts here!
Petition to US Senate, US House of Representatives, EPA, Donald Trump, Stop&Shop, Walmart, Target, IGA, Ahold Delhaize, Costco, Kmart, PRICE CHOPPER, Big Y, Caraluzzi's , National Grocers Association, United Nations
Ban Plastic Bags in the US!
Every year, hundreds of plastic bags end up in landfills or the oceans. The plastic used in bags can take a 1000 years to decompose! These bags are wasteful and very harmful to the environment. Tell the US that plastic bags need to be banned. We can easily replace them with faster decomposing paper bags and reusable green bags. Here's what you can do: - Sign this petition - Use reusable bags - Write to your local grocery store chain and tell them to go paper - Write to your Senators and tell them to support a ban on plastic bags.
Petition to Gotlands nation curators, Norrlands nation curators, Östgöta nation curators, Kalmar nation curators, Upplands nation curators, Södermanlands-Nerikes nation curators, Västmanlands-Dalarna nation curators, Gästrike-Hälsinge nation curators, Västgöta nation curators, Värmlands nation curators, Stockholms nation curators, Göteborgs nation curators, Smålands nation curators
Ban plastic straws from Uppsala studentnations
Plastic straws are one of the most common plastic waste found in trash. Everyday the student nations of Uppsala dispose this from their venues from the drinks they serve. It is time that we should take action. Let's ask the beloved nations of Uppsala we are/were a member of to stop providing plastic straws. We don't need more trash in our earth. Sweden is one of the leading countries in terms of sustainability and Uppsala and its universities is boasting its sustainability, why don't do we do something and us students lead by example? Together if we create enough demand I believe we can do this. The nations are consists of its member, we have a voice. As a member of our nations, we kindly ask our nations to stop this. There are better alternatives to plastic straws! I think we can stop this. It might seem little but maybe it can save some animals who got stuck with straws out by the beach someday. Sugrör av plast är en av det mest vanligt funna skräpet i en bars papperskorg. Varje dag så slänger Uppsalas nationer en stor mängd av denna onödiga lyxvara, och det är dags att ändra på det. Låt oss ombe våra älskade nationer att sluta erbjuda sugrör av plast. Vi behöver inte mer oåtervinnligt skräp på vår planet! Sverige är ett av världens ledande länder inom hållbarhet och miljövänlighet och dess universitet strävar ofta efter samma ideal, så varför ska inte vi som studenter göra detsamma? Om vi tillsammans skapar tillräcklig efterfrågan så är jag säker på att vi kan skapa denna förändring! En nation består ju av dess medlemmar, var en med en röst. Som nationsmedlemmar omber vi därmed våra nationer att stoppa användandet av sugrör av plast. Det finns bättre alternativ! Det må vara en liten förändring, men det kan mycket väl rädda något djur från att kvävas på plast någon dag.
Petition to Mayor Marty Walsh, Clr. Michelle Wu, Clr. Matt O'Malley, Clr. Michael Flaherty, Clr. Annissa Essaibi George, Clr. Ayanna Pressley, Clr. Sal LaMattina, Clr. Bill Linehan, Clr. Frank Baker, Clr. Andrea Campbell, Clr. Tim McCarthy, Clr. Tito Jackson, Clr. Josh Zakim, Clr. Mark Ciommo
Boston's kids call on Mayor Walsh to support the Boston Bag Ban now!
Dear Mayor Marty Walsh, We Bostonians, stand with Calida, Clare and Eleanor in asking you to support the Single Use Plastic Bag Ban in Boston. Just like them, we are disappointed to hear that you did not support the bag ban law that was recently proposed in the City Council. Delaying the ban is not a reasonable solution. Boston is ready now! Cities and countries around the world from Cambridge to Cork to Cameroon have banned single use plastic bags. If Boston is supposed to be a "shining star" and a world class city, we must take action! We are falling behind. Right now our star on the map is covered with plastic bags. If you walk around the city, you’ll see plastic bags everywhere: on the sidewalks, trees, bushes, beaches, in the sewers, storm drains, rivers, and waterways. They are all over our neighborhoods. It’s disgusting! Once a plastic bag is made, it never goes away. If it goes in the trash, it sits in a landfill that the city pays for. If someone tries to recycle it, it blocks the recycling machines and the workers are getting hurt trying to pull them out. The only people who are winning with this situation are the plastic bag makers! We are a port city with a rich history that should be honored. Our fisheries and aquatic life need to be protected from plastics that get into our seafood and kill wildlife. Tourists who come to the city could be given a Boston reusable bag while they visit and then bring it home to continue to use it with pride. We can be known as a leader in protecting the planet- if you take action and support the will of the people and the request of us kids! Please support the bag ban that Councilors O’Malley and Wu have created NOW. We want to live in a cleaner, greener city not just for our future grandkids but for us and all the kids of Boston NOW, and not just for some kids- depending on where they live- but all kids throughout our city. Please Mayor Walsh, don’t let us down. Thank you. Sincerely, Calida B.(11), Clare A. (11), and Eleanor P. (10) CC: The Dorchester Reporter
Petition to Starbucks
Straws only upon request
Save money, save the earth. Do we really need these? For most people, using a straw is just force of habit. But here's the truth: In the U.S. alone, we use 500,000,000 straws every day. That's enough straws to wrap around the circumference earth two and a half times. Or if you're a baseball fan, that fills up the entire Yankees' stadium 9 times in a year. Look, these plastics are filtering into landfills and littering our waterways and oceans. (Think of the turtles!) To keep your lips soft and plump... (do I need to say it?) avoid straws. Over time your lips may wrinkle from puckering while sipping through your beloved straw. Some straws (usually harder and thicker) will contain BPA (Bisphenol A) which is known to mimic the female hormone estrogen. If you didn't guess already, it contributes to giving men more fatty breast tissue, and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and cancer to both sexes. So for the earth's sake, cut down on straw usage, and plastic usage in general. It takes about 450-1,000 years for plastic to naturally break down. So, next time you have something to drink, ask yourself, "Do I really need this straw?"