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Petition to Larry Hogan, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen

Save the beaches!

It's time we ban plastic bags, straws, styrofoam, and all single use plastics. These single use plastics are extremely wasteful, and once in landfills will stay in landfills for hundreds of years. While in landfills, they release toxins and can find their way waterways, contaminating drinking water, which is only 1% of all water on earth. Because they are light weight, wind can carry them across streets and into oceans where they cause tons of damage. Marine animals can accidentally ingest plastic, and kills 1 million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless of other animals. Even after they die, the plastic stays in the ocean and photodegrades, meaning the sun turns the plastic into smaller pieces, without fully decomposing at all. They become micro plastics, which are toxic sponges. They are so tiny marine animals like fish ingest without knowing and swallow the toxins, which could be eaten by us, and could have harmful effects on us, like BPA, which is an endocrine disrupter.  The ocean is extremely important and we need to protect it. 70% of the earth's oxygen comes from the ocean. Businesses that rely on the ocean contribute $500 billion to the world's economy. Especially in Maryland, a lot of businesses rely on the Chesapeake Bay to be protected. Some include the seafood industry, recreational businesses, and tourism businesses. If you love the beach, you just like things nice and clean, or really care about the environment, than the ocean should be important to you.  Plastic bags alone use 12 billion barrels of oil for the 30 million bags used each year in the U.S., a non-renewable source we are quickly running out of. Wasting all that oil contributes to climate change, which is a huge problem facing humanity. Plastic litter is disgusting and gross. Cleaning up all that plastic costs taxpayers millions. Less than 6.5% of plastic is recycled. Creating sustainable products would create jobs.  There are many alternatives to wasteful, harmful single use plastics. Plastic bags can be easily replaced with reusable cloth bags. They should be cheap and available for everyone. Even if you forget your bag, stores should always provide reusable bags for customers. One person using reusables bags would replace more than 22,000 plastic bags. Straws can be outlawed completely. People can drink just fine without straws. But if people feel the need for a straw, we can replace single use straws with metal ones, or even glass ones. Styrofoam take out containers can be replaced with biodegradable containers. Plastic bottles can be replaced with reusable bottles that can be filled with tap. Plastic silverware can be replaced with reusable silverware. Plastic sandwich bags can be replaced with reusable lunch containers. Families could save $2.32 per child  per waste free lunch, which is $417.60 per child per year.  The point of plastic was to be fast and convenient, so yes it would be hard to do more washing reusables. But LOLIWARE is the first biodegr(edible) cup that is 100% plastic-free, gluten-free, gelatin-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, all natural, non-toxic, safe, and FDA approved. They have tons of delicious flavors like Yuzu Citrus, Tart Cherry, Matcha Green Tea, and Vanilla Bean. In the future, LOLIWARE will expand into straws, functional food additions, and even edible water bottles.  It is possible to sustain the environment without compromising lifestyle of people. Change is hard, but "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ The Lorax. 

The Greenie Girl
930 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Susan Goldberg, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine Services

National Geographic, Stop Mailing Magazines in Plastic!

National Geographic is one of the top circulating magazines in the US with around 42 million magazines mailed annually--each and every issue wrapped in plastic. As is well known and well chronicled, even within National Geographic's own magazine, plastic bags are exceedingly damaging to the environment, both during production and afterwards.  Humans and animals alike are affected by plastic bag pollution, whether in the form of blocked sewage systems or the death of thousands of marine animals. It's no wonder the state of California  and several countries have banned plastic shopping bags. This is failing to mention that plastic bags for magazines serve no legitimate purpose that cannot be performed as well by the old-fashioned paper casing. This "environmental" magazine has published dozens of articles on the hazards of plastic bags--there is no room for this level of hypocrisy in our country's 8th largest circulating magazine. So let's encourage them to set a precedent and to stop mailing their publication in plastic bags.    Here is the letter you will be signing: Dear Ms. Goldberg and National Geographic, Many avid readers of your magazine cringe while unwrapping yet another plastic bag from around your beautiful publication. If the 2015 statistic by the Washington Post is still somewhat accurate, your magazine reaches roughly 3.5 million US subscribers per year, (or 42 million magazines mailed annually). That's a lot of plastic bags. The Polybags you use, made of polyethylene #4 is a common plastic, recyclable with grocery bags made of the same or similar (#2) material. But, according to the National Geographic article titled "A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled"-well, you get the gist. Those producing this magazine must already know the facts-National Geographic itself has published dozens of articles on the topic. Some of the most recent include: "Ocean Life Eats Tons of Plastic-Here's Why That Matters" (8/16/2017)"Plastic Garbage Patch Bigger Than Mexico Found in Pacific" (7/25/2017)"Plastic Pollution, Fish: It All Smells the Same to a Seabird" (2/17/2018)"Plastic-Bag Bans Gaining Momentum around the World" (4/4/2008) "Are Plastic Grocery Bags Sacking the Environment?" (9/2/2003) (Older but relevant) Furthermore, the National Geographic Society Grants Program has sent out Requests for Proposals titled "Perils of Plastic" and "Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution." The first two sentences in the latter RFP states "Recent estimates predict that by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by weight. The goal of this RFP is to reduce plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean." Most readers, myself included, do not intend to submit a proposal for a grant, but we do know that your magazine could set a precedent (not to mention walk the talk) by reducing its contribution to the problem heavily chronicled within its own pages. NatGeo is in the top ten most circulated magazines in the US, so why not lead from the front? Please, stop wrapping your magazines in plastic. I understand the paper wrapping used historically by National Geographic were problematic, but I don't find this a worthy excuse. In a time when humanity can grow body parts with 3-D printers, employ one woman in space for 665 days, and develop cancer-fighting immunotherapies (to take three examples from your March 2018 issue), surely we can find a way to mail magazines without plastic bags. Perhaps a RFP would produce your solution! I appreciate your time and consideration, and I look forward to the day when I receive my favorite publication by mail, plastic free.  

Lorena Williams
255 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to UNEP

Save The Planet. Support Recycling.

“Help us bring together a critical mass of voices around the world to create one unified approach to recycling. Support our petition calling on the United Nations to officially recognise Global Recycling Day and drive concrete, urgent action to preserve our planet.”  President of the Bureau of International Recycling, R S Baxi   Every year, the earth yields 55 billion tons of finite natural resources to transform into consumables[1] Yet 2.12 billion tons of materials are discarded worldwide every year[2] Recyclables already supply 40% of the world’s raw material needs[3] But there is the power to supply much, much more  As global citizens we take a short-sighted approach to the goods and materials around us and, in doing so, are depleting the earth’s precious natural resources, contributing to climate change and polluting our planet. And there is a simple solution to stop this wasteful approach towards our resources, and it is on our doorstep.  Recycling has the power to reduce our reliance on the earth’s six primary natural resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and help combat climate change. Urgent action is needed to halt the destructive cycle of ‘take and waste’ and unite behind a global approach to recycling. Waste must be seen as a Seventh Resource. To bring about change, we’re calling on governments, international organisations, businesses, communities and individuals to come together on the 18th March 2018 – the first ever Global Recycling Day – to champion the world’s Seventh Resource. Recycling is too important not to be a global issue. We believe Global Recycling Day is an essential first step in creating a worldwide movement behind recycling, which has the power to save our planet and protect its natural resources for future generations to come. Global Recycling Day will act as a rallying call to world leaders to take seven concrete actions to make better use of the Seventh Resource: Implement and strengthen international agreements that promote recycling, and negotiate new ones as needed.   Support and campaign for free sustainable trade of recycled materials across the globe. Educate, from the grass roots up, the public on the critical necessity of recycling. Agree to a common language of recycling (same definitions, same messages). Make recycling a community issue, supporting initiatives which help households and businesses provide Seventh Resource materials for repurposing.  Work with the industry to encourage ‘design for recycling’ in the reuse of materials – reducing waste and integrating ‘end-of-life’ functionality at the design stage. Support innovation, research and initiatives that foster better recycling practices. Will you join us in calling on the United Nations to recognise Global Recycling Day in its roster of awareness days, to help our message to reach as many people as possible worldwide?  SIGN OUR PETITION   Find out more about Global Recycling Day. [1] The World Counts -[2] The World Counts -[3] BIR -

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