Target: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Goal: Voice support for a proposal to ban styrofoam
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on styrofoam, following the lead of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Bloomberg, known for his initiatives to lead on sustainability and public health, said styrofoam should go the way of lead paint, which was banned in 1960. Styrofoam is non-biodegradable and essentially impossible to recycle. Bloomberg has said styrofoam adds significant cost to recycling efforts, since it often gets mixed into the recycling stream and must be removed.
Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban styrofoam is consistent with his other public health and sustainability initiatives, such as a ban on smoking in bars, banning trans fats, lowering the salt content of foods, and banning large sugary sodas. Styrofoam, commonly used for carry-out food containers, has been identified by the EPA as a possible carcinogen in humans.
Bloomberg’s plan is likely to meet with opposition from business owners, for whom styrofoam containers are the cheapest option in many cases. They want to privilege short-term economic concerns over public health and the quality of the environment, both present and future.
By signing the petition below, you will voice your support for Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of styrofoam in New York City and lead the nation toward more sustainable practices.
Dear Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
I am writing to express my support for your proposal to ban styrofoam from New York City. Styrofoam is the epitome of an unsustainable material, and may even be carcinogenic. I am hopeful that New York will follow in the path of other American cities who have already banned the material.
I believe that human health and the quality of the environment trump short-term economic concerns, and believe this ban would be good not only for New Yorkers, but for the rest of the country since it may set a nationwide example, as your bold proposals have done in the past.
Thank you for your commitment to long-term sustainability and public health. Your leadership on important, common sense policy issues has a meaningful, positive impact in New York City and beyond, and I hope you will be successful in your proposal to ban styrofoam from New York City.
[Your Name Here]
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