Target: Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
Goal: Commend European parliament for reducing plastic bag waste
Recently, members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee approved a report that would reduce the use of single use plastic bags. The report consists of a two stage reduction target to decrease the amount of waste in the environment across all of Europe’s 28 member states. The European parliament should be commended for their devotion to the environment, as plastic bags pollute the environment terribly and directly kill wildlife.
Plastic bags often escape waste management streams and end up polluting the environment for hundreds of years. Over eight billion plastic bags ended up as litter in Europe in 2010. On average, a European citizen uses 198 plastic bags, 90% of which were single-use plastic bags.
The report is meant to encourage waste management and reduce the number of plastic bags used throughout Europe. This is a very good thing, as they cause large amounts of terrible pollution. There are four possible solutions outlined in the report: setting a base line quota for bag usage, attaining voluntary commitment from retailers to stop distributing plastic bags, setting a prevention level target with fees, and the introduction of a European ban on plastic bags. The continent hopes to reduce plastic bag waste by 50% over three years, and 80% over five years.
So far, Europe is vying for the report’s third option, which involves imposing fees on plastic bag production and use. Ireland has already reduced its plastic waste by a whopping 90% with simple levies, and the rest of Europe is hoping to cull its plastic bag waste the same way.
European citizens also understand the problem with plastic waste and are willing to cooperate. Europe also hopes that retailers will be receptive to these changes, as this move could remove as many as 15,000 to 20,000 jobs. The parliament will vote on this measure in April 2014, and finalizing this legislation will happen in a future session. The entire European continent is joining a group of nations who are signing legislation to combat plastic bag waste. Sign this petition and commend the European parliament for its concern for the environment.
Dear President Martin Schulz,
It has come to my attention that a report released by the Environment Committee has sparked talk of a two stage operation to reduce the amount of plastic bags in Europe’s environment. I am pleased and relieved to know that a coalition of nations is stepping up to protect our environment.
As you well know, plastic bags are a huge concern. It takes hundreds of years for them to decompose, and when they pollute our environment, wildlife has been known to ingest them. Fish, who eat plastic pellets will get eaten by birds or other larger fish. This pollutes the entire food chain and this problem must be immediately remedied. I sincerely hope changes will come quickly to Europe so this plastic epidemic will be stopped.
[Your Name Here]
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