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plastic

13 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

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

Calida, Clare and Eleanor
1,152 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to McDonald's, Andrew Barr, Malcolm Turnbull, Steve Easterbrook, ACT Legislative Assembly, Andrew Gregory

McDonald's: Clean up Canberra!

Macca’s: Clean up Canberra! #CleanUpYourACTMaccas #TrashYourSelfie I moved to Canberra in May 2017 to live with my husband. I'd never been to Australia before, and I immediately took notice of the kangaroos, the colorful birds, and the lovely scenery. But there was something else I saw right away: trash. Litter, everywhere. In the streets, parks, even school yards. A large amount of it, more than any other brand, was from McDonald's. As one of the world's largest restaurant chains, serving 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries, McDonald's is a major contributor to litter pollution. I think it's time they took responsibility and rectified the damage. According to Macca’s website, they are a sponsor of Clean Up Australia Day. They also have a Litter Patrol program, which their website claims is “a structured and regular task for crew members who pick up litter from within the restaurant grounds and in neighbouring streets." It does not state how often this program operates, or where. While these initiatives are a start, they’re clearly not enough. I'm tired of seeing their trash everywhere on my walks, bike rides, and commutes. It is reprehensible. This is what I want Macca’s to commit to: 1. Conduct regular, thorough clean-up projects in Canberra, through employee volunteer programs or other methods. If feasible, they could open these clean-up projects for public participation. Summary reports of these clean-ups should be made available to the public. 2. Work with local officials and/or the Australian Government to invest in a visible public education campaign that discourages customers from littering. This campaign should take measures to explain and show how littering is harmful to Australia's ecosystem, as well as the global ocean environment. 3. Eliminate excessive packaging and phase out current take-away packaging in favor of products that biodegrade easily. 4. Be receptive to and actively encourage customers to bring their own reusable containers for take-away food (ie. KeepCups, metal straws, Tupperware containers, etc.) In addition: I would like to make a plea to McDonald's customers. This is your responsibility as well. Stop littering — there is no excuse for it. Please share photos of Macca’s litter you see in Canberra on social media, with the location of where you found it and the hashtags #CleanUpYourACTMaccas and #TrashYourSelfie. You can also tag @Maccas, @SteveEasterbrk (McDonald’s CEO), and @CanberraTimes. Please sign my petition to ask McDonald's to address and adopt my proposals. Also sign to show your commitment to putting trash in the bin and reducing your personal waste output. ----- I would like to note that this is based on my observations, and that I haven't conducted a formal study of Canberra's litter. That said, I'm not the first person to notice, and it's not a problem endemic to Canberra. A study conducted by Keep Australia Beautiful in 2013 showed that McDonald's had the most prolific amounts of branded litter in Queensland. More recently, a group called the Werribee River Association found a pattern of concentric rings of rubbish around fast food restaurants, and interviewees in the ABC article specifically complained about McDonald's.

Faith Meckley
151 supporters