Protect the Great Barrier Reef By Banning Plastic Bags

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Target: Director-General of Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Jim Reeves

Goal: Ban the use of plastic bags to protect the Great Barrier Reef from choking plastic pollution.

Years after South Australia banned the use of plastic bags, Queensland now has the opportunity to do the same. Plastic bags are a significant killer of marine animals. With the Great Barrier Reef just off the coast of Queensland, it’s time to ensure plastic bags don’t endanger this ecosystem any longer. Urge the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to ban plastic bags once and for all.

Queensland has the most litter out of all Australia’s states. The garbage buildup will only get worse if we don’t do something about it. Since South Australia has banned plastic bags, they have seen almost four hundred million fewer bags each year. Queensland has almost three million more people and a ban there would have insurmountable results.

Environment Minister Steven Miles recently stated that 40 percent of small turtles near Queensland’s Moreton Bay have been found to consume plastics. More than two-thirds of endangered loggerhead turtles have done so as well. Many sea animals mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, which are abundant around Australia. Some end up choking and dying on the spot, others die from starvation since their guts cannot process plastic.

Queensland could save thousands of marine animals per year by banning plastic bags. It would also be great influence for the rest of Australia and the world to do the same. Urge Director-General Jim Reeves to ban plastic bags in Queensland, Australia.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Jim Reeves,

I am writing to urge you to ban plastic bags for all of Queensland. South Australia has already done so and saved the world from having an additional four hundred million bags per year. Plastic bags are a grave threat to marine life and with Queensland so close to the Great Barrier Reef, a ban would help this ecosystem tremendously.

Only three percent of Australia’s plastic bags are recycled. With these bags taking 15 to one thousand years to break down, the threat to animals is ever present. If Queensland stopped selling plastic bags, you would influence not only the rest of Australia, but the world as a whole. Not to mention the money government and communities would save by cleaning up less litter.

This ban would benefit the economy and Queensland’s ecosystem. Please put together a measure to ban all plastic bags in Queensland.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bag Monster

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