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It’s Not Just About Litter

2012 October 16

I’m Abby and I see plastic bags everywhere.

We can recycle them, but I don’t think that’s the solution to their environmental impact. As we pack our groceries, we need to think about the harm plastic bags have on our environment. Sure it may be hard not to use them, even I know this. It is a hard habit to break! But, I now know that these convenience items are devastating.  I saw a picture of a sea bird with a plastic bag around its neck. What kind of life could it have with a bag around its neck?

I hope my village has the choice to ban the bags and not be barred by the IL legislature’s bill SB3442, which recently passed, that allows towns, cities, and villages in Illinois to only recycle bags. That’s what my petition is about – having the choice to ban the bags. I want to teach even younger kids about the issues surrounding plastic bags and even have them pledge not to use plastic shopping bags.

My other message is that kids have power, too. A grass-roots effort can be a tool for kids who want to do the right thing. We have no other choice, as we don’t have money, political power or special interests backing us! My petition project to ban plastic bags is an example of what we kids can do. We can become our own coalition.

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. abby goldberg permalink
    October 17, 2012

    please follow me on facebook!

  2. Adrian Astorga (Jeremy Mendoza) permalink
    October 25, 2012

    wow! Your pushing to ban plastic bags!

    Hi! I am Jeremy Mendoza or Adrian Astorga (blog pseudonym) and I support your cause a 100% I am so proud to have people like me who are against the use of plastic!

    I am from the Philippines and a firm believer in Zero Waste Management? Have you heard of it?

    It is an advocacy about producing absolutely NO WASTE AT ALL.

    I beg of you to keep fighting the good fight!

    Actually here in the Philippines we have made a city ordinance about BANNING plastic bags, actually we already have banned plastic bags here in Manila (PH’s Capital). I will send you a copy of the city ordinance if you have any e mail .

    I am so happy we have the same point of view~!


    hoping to discuss with you my ideas about eco-management!

  3. Anonymous permalink
    October 31, 2012

    Kids have amazing power and the optimism to do great things! Plastic bags are a problem and you have the voice to stop the abuse of the planet. Great Job!

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