Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Ban plastic bags in the United States
California will soon become one of the first states in the country to completely ban plastic bags. The state has realized the severe problem that plastic bags present to our environment and our wildlife, and have finally committed to banning it entirely. Plastic bags clog our waterways and sewers, where animals accidentally ingest them because they think they are food. Often times animals will suffocate or trap themselves, leading to a slow and agonizing death. To prevent further harm to our environment, Speaker of the House John Boehner should push for a law that bans the use of plastic bags nationwide.
Plastic bags take years to decompose and scientists are still trying to find solutions to this problem. Plastic waste has accumulated so rapidly in the past three decades that they’ve created waste patches in our oceans. Circulating in the ocean’s gyres, these waste lands have been called Garbage Patches. Plastic bags are not the only things found here: plastic bottles, cables, wires, containers and other debris are found in these floating islands. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. These patches are mistaken for food by animals who ingest the waste and the chemicals. The animals are eaten by other animals, including us, and all living beings absorb the toxins that come as a byproduct of plastic.
Because plastic takes so long to decompose, these bags are filling up our landfills. Humans must invest in things that are reusable and will decompose easily. While plastic bags can be recycled, only a small percentage actually are, and producing these bags creates green house gases. It would be a great advantage for the nation to use canvas or paper bags instead. Urge the Speaker of the House to create a law that bans single-use plastic bags in the United States so humans will use eco-friendly alternatives.
Dear John Boehner,
California has recently become the first state in the nation to ban the use of plastic bags. It is the state’s first step to cleaning up the environment, as plastic takes years to decompose. It fills up our rivers, streams, sidewalks, and our landfills, and unfortunately it will not be going anywhere. The waste is polluting our oceans, and killing our ecosystems. I want you to stop this dumping.
I urge you to create a law that will ban the use of plastic bags in the country, and instead pressure citizens to turn towards paper or canvas alternatives. These materials will decompose and are more reusable. For the sake our environment and our wildlife, make this into law.
[Your Name Here]
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