This is an important call to action. We need you to respond to the Victorian government's "Reducing Plastic Pollution" Discussion Paper. It won't take more than a few minutes.
The government's decision will determine whether we get a confusing bag ban like in Tasmania, where many slightly thicker bags are still given out for free - or legislation that can deal with retailers flouting the ban and includes biodegradable, degradable and compostable bags, like Queensland has just made law. If enough of us are calling for it, we might even outdo QLD and get a ban on balloon releases - how good would that be?
But we need to mobilise as many people as possible to get this done. You fought with us to get this far, but it's not in the bag yet. The Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio has already received a lot of submissions saying they don't want a bag ban. She needs to hear your voice! Five minutes from each of us will tip the scales resulting in effective legislation to curb plastic pollution. The government also wants to hear which problem plastics they should tackle next.
And this survey is open to people from other states. We know plastic debris has no state boundaries... so tell them Victoria needs to act!
To help you, here are some key points you can use in your submission - and here is the submission link.
Share it with your friends. Submissions close on 25 January 2018.
Annett Finger, Victorian Camaigner
PS: Photo in the banner is of a juvenile seal entangled in a plastic bag by Karina Sorrell (Phillip Island Nature Parks). The seal was caught, de-bagged and released.