Target: François Hollande, President of France
Goal: Applaud France for banning the use of plastic utensils, plates, and cups in order to crack down on litter and better protect the environment.
France has become the first nation in the world to pass a complete and total ban on plastic utensils, cups, and dishes. The move follows the recent ban on plastic bags in the country. The ban on plastic utensils will officially go into effect in 2020. Only utensils and other plastic dishware made of biosourced material will be spared from the ban.
The issue of plastic and microplastics, which break down into minuscule pieces in our oceans, have caused great debate in recent years. Plastic cannot biodegrade. Instead, as seen with microplastic, its particles only break down into very small, yet very damaging, pieces. They fill our oceans and are eaten by wildlife, which has deadly consequences. The production of plastic also directly leads to global warming. Oil, one of the top sources of greenhouse gas, is used to manufacture plastic products.
Banning the production and use of plastic utensils may seem like a minuscule change, but it can have major positive impacts on the environment. It will not only lead to less plastic in the oceans and food chain, but it will also decrease greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. French lawmakers behind the ban say that they hope it will lead to a system of waste that will be renewable and sustainable. Sign the petition to applaud French lawmakers for taking action to ban plastic materials in their country. While the motion may seem frustrating to some, its benefits will far outweigh its inconveniences in the long run.
Dear President Hollande,
As part of its Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, France has banned the production and use of plastic utensils, plates, and cups. Only several months after banning plastic grocery bags, France has become the first nation to ban plastic utensils and dishware.
I want to thank you and your government for taking this action. It will positively impact the environment by decreasing the microplastic found in our oceans and by reducing greenhouse gases emitted in the production of plastic.
By the time the ban is fully enacted in 2020, perhaps other nations will have followed your positive example. One plastic fork or plate may not seem like an environmental threat, but millions are used every year. To ban their production and use, to remove them from our garbage and their litter from our oceans, will have a major impact.
[Your Name Here]
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