My name is Abby Goldberg, I am 12 years old (now 13!) and I go to Prairie Crossing Charter School in Illinois that emphasizes environmental awareness. I'm trying to get a plastic bag ban, but it's hard! In my state of Illinois, a bill on the desk of Governor Pat Quinn would make our town's plastic-shopping-bag ban ILLEGAL! Even I know that this is about retailers, the plastic bag makers and politics, and not about our natural resources, litter, the environment, landfills or our future! But it’s hard to find help stopping it. It is like all the adults are just waiting until it gets so bad to do something about them. It affects me, as I live near a landfill and have to live with them flying everywhere. They’re hanging from trees, caught in our crops and floating in our waterways. Animals are dying from ingesting them! Other cities around the world have banned them, so it is not like it hasn’t been done before! Please help!
Governor Quinn: Don't Let Big Plastic Bully Me!
My name is Abby Goldberg, and as a 13-year-old girl who, after seeing the devastation that millions of plastic bags have caused the environment and ocean life, I made my school project this year to be getting a local ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in my home town Grayslake, IL. My friends and I were making great progress, until the oil and chemical industry pulled a dirty trick to kill my campaign; these lobbyists used the politicians that they bought to pass a bill that would make it illegal for towns across Illinois to create plastic bag bans! Even worse, they’re trying to make it look like a green environmental bill, by putting in a few ridiculously-low requirements for so-called “recycling” of plastic bags, and are bragging they’re going to make it "a model bill for all states!” Now it’s in the hands of our Governor to stop them with a veto, but he needs to hear from all of us! I am heartbroken and so angry, because kids and adults like me are standing up to Big Oil and Big Plastic by creating bans everywhere, including in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Seattle, Toronto, Austin, Mexico City, Mumbai, Italy, Rwanda and more! Why? Because bag bans can be literally 2000% more effective than “bring your own bag” campaigns! I am not scared – even though I’m just a kid, I care too much about animals, our environment, and our future natural resources to let them beat down my town, just so they can make an extra buck. Now I need your help to stop them, and give hope to other people around the world that they can stand up for their own rights! The governor could sign at any minute, so we need your voice as soon as possible, or my dream of getting a healthier environment for my town, our environment and our world will be totally crushed. Thank you!!