Petition to Dr Amy Khor
Anti-Plastic Petition, Singapore
Dear Dr Amy Khor Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, We issue this petition on World Environment Day with grave concern as to your recent comments regarding plastic bag usage, as reported in several news outlets including the Straits Times. We refer in particular to the absence of plans for a levy on plastic bags, or any meaningful legislation to curb the prodigious usage of them in our country. Singapore now stands with the ever-diminishing list of countries that avoid the critical issue of excessive plastic consumption. In this regard, we are sorry to say that Singapore stands on the wrong side of history. But this is something that you, in your role as Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, can address - not just for the good of your contemporaries, but also for all future generations. We face the prospect of a world weighed down by plastic - where the discovery of dead animals’ stomachs full of discarded plastic waste is the norm, not the exception. This is a world we cannot accept, and therefore which it is our responsibility to prevent. A plastic bag levy is a practical solution which will both draw attention to the often unthinking usage of multiple bags when fewer or none will do, whilst simultaneously generating revenue which can be used to develop alternative materials, recycling options, or even to promote other elements of the government’s environmental agenda. It makes little sense to avoid implementing a levy until an alternative material can be developed - this condemns our country and the surrounding region to potentially years more pollution on a vast scale, and is representative of nothing more than a policy void paired with permanent and harmful implications for the world. We must only look around us - to the many other countries in the world that have led from the front, for inspiring stories of how small changes can have powerful effects. In the UK, a 5 pence plastic bag levy led to an 83% drop in usage within one year. In Taiwan, an NT$1 charge for every plastic bag led to an 80% drop usage within a year. Australia achieved a 45% drop, Denmark a 60% drop - the list goes on, and on - and each example demonstrates that change is possible. Plastic bag usage is an addiction, and one that can be broken: For the good of all of us and all of the world around us. Dr Khor, you occupy a position of wisdom and responsibility within our government so we ask that you consider this when considering our petition. We ask that you look at not the short-term issues, but those of the long-term. In fifty years a generation will look back and wonder how people could so recklessly and persistently damage the world around them. And so we ask you to help us stand on the right side of history. This petition requests that you implement a levy on plastic bag usage, with a view to reducing overall usage of plastic bags in Singapore. We do not ask that you find an alternative, and thus we do not accept that a delay is necessary until an alternative can be found. Meaningful action can be taken now, and we ask that you take it. For those signing this petition, thank you for your action. Please leave your comments and stories below for Dr Amy Khor to read as well. Our voices must be heard. For more information on plastics, visit wwf.sg/uselessplastic Photo credit: National Geographic
Petition to Singapore Government, fairprice , Cold Storage, Giant, Corporations, RETAILERS, Supermarkets, groceries , lee hsien loong
Changing the distribution of Plastic bags to be more environmentally friendly
Problem : The Singapore Environment Council has released a study on plastic bag usage and wastage in the city-state. For a population of mere five million people, Singapore uses a staggering amount of three billion plastic bags a year. Effects of Plastic Bags on Environments : One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. These bags are very dangerous for sea life, especially those of the mammal variety. The environmental balance of the waterways is being thrown off by the rate of plastic bags finding their way into the mouths and intestinal tracts of sea mammals. Furthermore, the indefinite period of time that it takes for the average plastic bag to breakdown can be literally hundreds of years. We are facing a threat of global warming and the frightening fact that our oceans might collapse by 2048. That is in 31 years time. Solution : We want to propose to the mega corporations and stores that sells common goods such as Fairprice, giant , cold storage and even stores like Watson and guardian to take the same approach as IKEA to do away with disposable shopping bag -you have to either purchase a carrying bag or bring home the items without it. We understand that there will be concerns from people who will argue that they reuse their plastic bags as trash bags or to carry supplies. However, we'd like to raise the awareness that this does not reduce the damage that these disposable bags have on the environment. In fact, we want to propose the idea of bio-degradable trash bag to be mainstream in our society along with this solution. We acknowledge that this problem is multi-faceted and thus it is a complex issue to resolve but we do hope that by starting this petition, it will cause a ripple effect in our society to reconsider our decisions that could potentially harm our environment. Even though the solutions we propose might not seem possible at this rate, we want your support in order to alarm both the corporations and the government that the citizens of this green city are ready for a change to be a society that is more environmentally conscious and friendly. The change might be rash, even seen as impossible, but we believe that if we do not embrace change now, we are only heading towards the destruction of our own planet and species.
Petition to Theresa May MP, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Council of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker
BAN SINGLE USE PLASTICS AND PROVIDE AID TO THE OCEANS
The oceans of planet Earth as we know them today are a suffering mass of water full of life crying out for our help. Mankind invented a material in which would be a "huge success" however that has not been the point, instead mankind invented plastic as a material that would last forever but for many items only be used once and then would go on to sit on the surface of the planet for the rest of time as we know it today. Whilst many are still unaware of the horrifically damaging scenes in which the planet is falling victim to it is now becoming more and more of a daily news headline...but not good headlines... Under 50% of plastic products are NOT recycled correctly, over a billion plastic items end up in our ocean every single year, straws, bottles, bags, ear buds, drinking cups and the list goes on... We as a population are destroying life in the oceans, whales are swallowing plastic products, in 2017 we saw a whale die from eating 30+ bags and sheets which in a horror like scene the plastic tangled itself around the whales organs... And in 2018 just a few weeks ago in asia we saw an innocent pilot whale die a slow and painful death that took 5 days and why? Because it had swallowed OVER 80 PLASTIC BAGS! We as a living thing, as a population and as living things with a heart and a mind and a voice are slowly torturing all life in the oceans and some dont even know about it!? This plastic is becoming a deadly toy to dolphins and seals, food for whales, turtles and birds...nearly all birds out at sea would have had an intake of plastic without any doubt, the animals dont see the difference between food and plastic. it is about time that we opened our eyes! We can have ships sailing the ocean 365 days a year, planes flying 30,000 feet in the air, submarines...all this technology...we can even have 3D printers BUT....but....we can not sustain our oceans health and cleanliness? I am not just making this petition in a rant or in anger... I am making this petition to get the peoples voices heard that feel the heartache, the pain and the horror that we are putting our oceans in, I am calling on world leaders and the European Union to stand up, Put their foot down and BAN PLASTIC!. In the UK we have see a tremendous effect since National television sensation Sir David Attenborough presented Blue Planet 2, costa, starbucks and other coffee chains are ditching single use plastic, supermarkets are ditching plastic bags, iceland are ditching plastic packaging... UK prime minister has even announced a full ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and ear buds which are some of the most common items found in the ocean. I am not sitting here typing away for the sake of it.. I am standing up on my feet, shouting and begging for people to take action, We can not accept this any more! We are polluting our planet to the extreme, we are killing millions of lifeforms and dont even thing twice, plastic ends up in our food chain meaning we are even eating plastic micros.... I can not accept the way our planet looks at this anymore, I have seen too many negative stories about Plastic IT IS TIME TO SAVE THE OCEANS, TIME TO BAN PLASTIC AND STAND UP FOR THE OCEAN THERE IS NO PLANET B!
Petition to Wellcome , CitySuper , ParknShop
Wellcome: Stop Wrapping Our Produce In Plastic!
100,000 Signatures Needed! (+Cantonese)
The plastic pollution problem in Hong Kong and worldwide has reached horrendous levels, with our landfills coming close to capacity, our beaches being overrun with rubbish and our wildlife dying because of mistaking all of this waste for food. And this is just what we can see on the surface. Based on the research, it's pretty evident that our health is also being affected by the toxic nature of these plastics as it finds it's way into our soil and food chain. One of the biggest culprits to this epidemic is the unnecessary and harmful act of wrapping every single piece of produce in our Hong Kong grocery stores in some form of plastic. So many of us walk into these stores every single day and feel helpless because we DO NOT want to participate in the creation of more plastic waste, yet our resources for plastic-free produce, especially organic, are very limited. We are calling on the owner's of every single large grocery store chain in Hong Kong to stop the excessive and unnecessary use of plastic wrap and plastic containers for their produce. I know petitions like this have happened in the past, but we need to keep making our voices heard until change comes! Let's ROAR really loud with 100,000 signatures! I believe in you Hong Kong. We can make this happen together! 香港的塑料污染已達到一個非常嚴重的地步。 香港的堆填區快已填滿， 大部分的海灘被垃圾覆蓋和不同的野生動物都受到我們人類造成的影 響。但是，這只是在表面上來看。實際上，透過不同的研究， 我們發現原來塑料含有毒性的物質。 這樣會好大機會進入土壤和食物鏈，影響我們的大自然。 在香港裏，大部分的產品包裝都是利用不同形式的塑料， 這樣是導致塑料污染的最大元素。 好多人都是因為購物的時候會不知不覺的利用膠袋和看見塑料類的產 品。 但是我們是想採取不同的方法來減少塑料的用量和推薦用有機產品的 包裝。 我們希望香港大型雜貨連鎖店停止不必要和過度塑料的用量。 我們只需要十萬人的簽名， 希望可以透過這個機會來減輕現在污染問題。 我相信你們一斑有善和關心現在香港社會的市民。 我們一起來改變香港吧！
Petition to CM of Gurgaon manohar lal khattar
Ban on plastic in Gurugram #PlasticBan
Plastic bags are not Bio-Degradable and a nuisance to the Environment . Plastic bags are a bane. They are everywhere, thrown carelessly all over, poluting the oceans ,clogging drains, littering the beach and roads , causing suffering to innumerable land and marine animals.It costs more to clean up the area after using plastic bags than the benefit of using one. They are easily replaces with cloth or jute bags. Plastic bags are destroying the world not just your locality ... i would really love a ban on all plastics including straws, plates,cups ... but for now lets start with all plastic bags. If each of us pledge to be more mindful of our actions i am sure we can save our home.
Petition to Sumitro Ghosh @sumitro_g
Ask @StarbucksIndia to bring recyclable cups to all 101 stores in India #EveryCupMatters
Starbucks India, you are very close to losing a loyal customer. I love your coffee, but not the take-away cup I get my beverage in. I cringed every time I picked up a take away cup and the thought of it not getting recycled. I soon moved to carrying my own coffee cup with me. Today, approximately 8,000 Starbucks cups hit the landfills every minute, globally. These cups are single-use plastic-lined, which makes them unrecyclable. Starbucks India, it’s time to take control of the plastic. Sign my petition and tell Starbucks India to bring recyclable cups across their 101 stores in India. Back in 2008, Starbucks said it would bring in 100% recyclable disposable cups to replace those currently used across its stores. At the same time, the chain also said it would bring reusable cup usage to 25% by 2015. Neither of these pledges has been fulfilled, and this is a great cost to the environment. There's huge public demand for a less wasteful cup – and Starbucks India needs to make good on its promise. Your signature can help Starbucks India change this, and get them to introduce recyclable cups in all their stores. We are at a time where we’re expected to have more plastic in the oceans than fish. We are headed towards a bigger disaster if we let Starbucks continue this. Sign my petition now!
Petition to Sadiq Khan, Mike Brown
Transport for London…Water for London!
Dear Sadiq Khan, Mayor for London and Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London (TfL), We, the undersigned request that free, easily accessible and well promoted water bottle re-fill stations are installed across the TfL public transport network, including all TfL operated tube, train, Thames Clipper, bus and tram stations. Free water bottle re-fill stations would have multiple benefits to London, including: - Promote healthier lifestyles by allowing passengers access to free drinking water, supporting existing summer overheating campaigns. - Save Londoners money that may otherwise be spent purchasing bottled water. - Normalise the culture of re-use and refilling of water bottles, reducing the proliferation of single-use plastic bottled water and associated pollution. Single use plastic is wasteful, environmentally damaging and a growing problem - in particular, concerning London: - London consumes the greatest amount of plastic bottled water per capita compared to any other English region and London also has the worst recycling rates in the UK (London Assembly Environment Committee Report, April 2017). - 10% of all waste found in the Thames is plastic drink bottles and lids (Thames 21, 2017). - Tonnes of avoidable plastic waste is produced on a daily basis that needs to cleaned up, collected and disposed off, costing TfL and London Boroughs significant amounts of money. - Improving access to tap water across the TfL network is a key recommendation of the London Assembly Environment Committee report (April 2017), and a recommendation of the Keep Britain Tidy and Center for Social Innovation Research Report (April 2017) is to ‘Work with transport providers and hubs to improve access to free drinking water for the public when travelling’. - 65% of UK adults would not buy bottled water if tap water were freely available (Centre for Social innovation and Keep Britain Tidy, 2017) We recognise that installation and maintenance of water bottle re-fill stations would come with a cost however we believe the potential money saving (for TfL, London Boroughs and Londoners) as well as the environmental and social benefits would make this a smart use of TfL resources. We look forward to hearing your response to this request and seeing water bottle re-fill stations appearing across the TfL network soon. Notes: As noted in the Draft London Environment Strategy (August 2017 - currently out for consultation until 17th November 2017) ‘Plastic packaging not only litters London streets, but often finds its way into waterways and oceans, releasing toxic chemicals before breaking down – a process that can take centuries. London needs to reduce, reuse and recycle more… and to reduce London’s increasing waste bill as the city grows.’ This petition should also be considered as part of the response to the consultation to the strategy, showing the level of public support for refill stations to cut single use plastic use in London - specifically proposal 7.1.1b ‘The Mayor will support campaigns and initiatives to cut the use of single use packaging, including working with the GLA group to reduce plastic bottle sales and improve access to tap water on all our premises.’ Links & References: - Centre for Social Innovation Research & Keep Britain Tidy Report (April 2017): Understanding provision, usage and perceptions of free drinking water to the public in the UK - London Assembly Environment Committee Report (April 2017): Bottled Water - Draft London Environment Strategy (August 2017) consultation - #oneless campaign - Thames 21, Litter Monitoring Results
Petition to Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Philip Morris International, Inc., Heineken, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Unilever PLC, Tyson Foods, Inc.
Reduce, Reuse, Reverse Amazon Prime Now Recycling Program - Demand it!
The Problem: Plastic. Our leftovers and waste are piling up in landfills around the world, harming not only ourselves, but all life on the planet. The Inspiration: A Facebook post by Olivia Jury, shared by Hannah Davis, that showed up on my feed -- but the real inspiration is this beautiful bird suffering inside of a plastic bag. It’s both heartbreaking and sickening. The Theory: While regulations and worldly awakenings will eventually make their way into every boardroom and kitchen...this will take too much time unless we can make recycling easy, prioritized, and collectively enacted in our society. Think about it, most modern communities are spoiled. We have same day, front door delivery on nearly anything we could ever want, all ordered and delivered with the push of a button or a single voice command. That said, does anyone think the upcoming generations, who are on a trajectory to be the most dependent on technology and convenience, are going to recycle if it requires a lot of effort? Sadly, we all know the answer is no. Why? Because we're not even doing a good job now. You and me, we can do this right now. We can make a difference on our Earth today so that other important aspects of change can become the topics of conversation and action for politicians, lawmakers, environmentalists, and social activists. Together we can change the world. The Path Forward: Get Amazon on board. This shouldn’t be too hard; they are a great company always looking to make a difference. They just need to see that we care enough to make a change. How do we do that? You can do your part by signing this petition!What does Amazon need to do? (a) Prime Now drivers and other Prime delivery carriers (where possible) start picking up small containers of recyclables each time they drop off packages. Drivers then turn these Amazon-branded bins in to the distribution center when picking up more packages. (b) Establish partnerships between Prime distribution centers and recycling centers to organize the larger recycling drop-offs and collections. (Wildcard: Maybe Amazon could even get into the recycling business?) (c) Determine the cost of everything up to this point and seek financial backing and support from larger corporations that are open to doing the right thing if it's easy enough. If we are unable to get the support of other businesses, this plan can still work because Amazon customers alone make up a demographic of 310 million people who buy and act! (d) Tell customers the story of Amazon’s commitment to recycling and ask that the members add a small price bump to the annual membership which will now include recycle bin pickup with Prime package delivery (or use another pricing model that the brains at Amazon figure out). Get the word out about the program and give the brands who stepped up to fund this great program all the credit they deserve! Publicize it everywhere. Prime memberships will climb, as will the reputation of some of the larger, supporting brands. Over time, we make a continuous difference for the global environment. Plastic and trash become less of an impact on our planet so that petitions like this are never needed for our future generations. Is anyone with me? Should Amazon make the biggest change to recycling yet?