Target: Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Do not delay passage of plastic bag ban in California
The state-wide ban on plastic bags in California will be delayed, as the plastic bag industry is stepping in and trying to stop the ban’s passage. The industry was able to gather over 800,000 signatures, halting the ban’s implementation until July 2016. Plastic bags have never been beneficial to the environment or animals, but the industry only cares for itself. Tell Governor Jerry Brown that we will not tolerate any more damage to our environment.
The Plastics Industry Trade Association managed to gather over 800,000 signatures, requiring California to re-vote on the plastic bag ban in November 2016. The industry garnered signatures from shoppers, asking them to sign a petition called “American Progressive Bag Alliance,” which would put a stop to the plastic bag ban. The industry believes that the ban is a “back door deal” and that the ban is not necessary. It believes that since Americans recycle plastic bags, the ban is only hindering shoppers.
Unfortunately, not even a majority of Americans recycle their plastic bags. It is estimated that a meager 12 percent of Americans recycle their bags. The rest becomes litter, where it pollutes our water and accumulates in the ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a grim example of what human waste is doing to our environment. The patch is made of up various plastic litter, from bags, beads, and packaging. Many of this is ingested by animals, and the chemicals released by the breakdown of plastic pollutes our oceans.
Humans should not allow the plastic bag industry to delay the passage of this ban. It is necessary to protect our environment, and this industry merely cares about making money. Sign this petition and urge Governor of California Jerry Brown to stop this delay and implement the ban.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
As a concerned citizen, I was pleased to hear that California would become the first state to ban plastic bags in America. However, I’ve heard news that the plastic bag industry intends to delay the passage of this ban. The industry does not believe that plastic bags pose a problem, as many Americans recycle them. This is not a true statement, however, as only 12 percent of Americans recycle their plastic bags. The industry merely wants to continue to make money at the expense of our environment and wildlife.
Plastic bags only serve one benefit, and that is providing a convenience. This convenience has resulted in the pollution of our environment and the slaughter of many animals. It has created garbage patches in our oceans, clogged our sewer ways, and released harmful chemicals into our water. As a citizen who deeply cares about our environment, I implore you to pass this ban and do not let it be delayed.
[Your Name Here]
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