Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown
Goal: Do not let industry repeal plastic bag ban in California.
California’s statewide ban on plastic bags is up for repeal this year after being delayed by the plastic bag industry. The ban would have been the first of its kind in United States history, but lobbying efforts have forced it to a public vote. Plastic bags have been proven to pollute our environment and waterways, while also killing our animals. Do not let the plastic bag industry win. Tell Governor Jerry Brown that you support the ban on plastic bags and wish for it to take effect.
Plastic bags are ubiquitous, and it is because of this unfortunate circumstance that these bags are clogging our waterways and bodies of water. Plastic bags do not decompose fast–in fact some scientists speculate that plastic can take centuries to break down. This spells disaster for our environment and animals, who swallow these bags and end up dying. Animals who somehow live through ingesting plastic often suffer from health problems, or end up on our plates where we ingest the plastic.
But this isn’t what the plastic bag industry is saying. The industry is saying that plastic bags have little to no effect on our environment. Phillip Rosenski, who works at a plastic bag facility, believes that the environmental harm perpetuated by plastic bags is a “hyperbole.” This statement was struck down by Mark Murray of Californians Against Waste. Murray stated that federal studies have shown how plastic bags contribute to litter and cleanup problems, costing some cities $400 million per year to solve.
The plastic bag industry simply wants to make money off of Americans. They do not care about the long term effects on our environment. If you care for the welfare of our planet and our animals, sign this petition. Tell Governor Jerry Brown to keep the ban on plastic bags in place.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
It astounds me that a ban meant to clean up our environment and keep our animals safe has been delayed thanks to the plastic bag industry. This industry has spent millions of dollars to get this legislation revoked because they do not want Americans to use canvas or other environmentally safe bags. While studies have shown that plastic bags pollute our environment and place our animals in danger, the industry calls this an exaggeration.
I am concerned for the welfare of our planet. Plastic bags have done nothing but give us convenience. These items will take decades, perhaps centuries, to decompose. We don’t need litter, we need things that are reusable and biodegradable. I am urging you to keep the plastic bag ban in place for the sake of our environment and our future.
[Your Name Here]
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