Sign The Open Letter: Ban Plastic Bags

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Dear Minister,

Environment ministers have been discussing the issue of removing plastic bags from the litter stream and...

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Dear Minister,

Environment ministers have been discussing the issue of removing plastic bags from the litter stream and marine environment for long enough.

Every Australian wants our stunning rivers, oceans and waterways to have a clean and healthy future. Plastic pollution infests waterways, clogging them with plastic bags, packaging and microbeads.  In Australia, the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimated there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline.

The tripartisan 2016 Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution urged Australian state and federal governments to ban plastic bags and microbeads as a matter of urgency.

Tasmania, the ACT, the Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags and can improve their legislation to include 'so-called biodegradable' bags which are just as big a problem in the marine environment as conventional plastic bags.

We are calling on Environment Ministers in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia to catch up and take immediate action by banning single use plastic bags (including so-called biodegradable bags). 

Plastic pollution is lethal. We need strong action now.

 

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In July 2017 Environment Ministers are meeting to discuss what to do about plastic bags.

Tasmania, the ACT, The Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags and Queensland is introducing a ban in July 2018.

We're making sure when they meet that the NSW, Victorian and WA Ministers know there is huge community support for taking action on plastic bags. We've joined with 49 community and environment groups, representing thousands of members, to write an open letter demanding greater action. Add your name to the open letter today to let the ministers know you support a ban on plastic bags.  

There is increasing evidence that even though a small percentage of bags are littered and then broken up into smaller and smaller pieces – they have a devastating impact on the environment. This includes so called ‘biodegradable’ bags, which are just as dangerous in the marine environment.

With the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimating there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline – and a large legacy of plastic from previous years becoming microplastic – action needs to be taken on multiple fronts.

Plastic pollution is a major threat to wildlife. Globally it is estimated that 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 mammals die every year as a result of plastic ingestion or entanglement. Of great concern are the secondary microplastics derived from broken up bags and bottles.

We estimate that some 180 million bags enter the Australian environment every year.

Read the full letter and our policy recommendations here

Thanks to our partners who joined the open letter. 


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  • Sandie Pulver
    signed 2015-12-14 12:17:16 +1100
  • Kobie Joyce
    signed 2015-12-14 11:27:00 +1100
  • Jennifer Hoare
    signed via 2015-12-14 10:57:43 +1100
  • Peter Nixon
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  • Jan Roberts
    signed via 2015-12-14 10:49:17 +1100
  • Tina Ball
    signed 2015-12-14 10:39:27 +1100
  • Tessa Jennis
    signed via 2015-12-14 10:32:59 +1100
  • Rachel Singleton
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  • Annalie Snyman
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  • Lucas Zabinski
    signed 2015-12-14 09:59:52 +1100
  • Zoe Brockhoff
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  • Martyn Pot
    signed 2015-12-14 09:34:31 +1100
  • Bruno Giacomini
    signed 2015-12-14 09:20:35 +1100
  • Mark Waite
    signed 2015-12-14 09:18:38 +1100
    It’s a no-brainer. Just ban them and let’s move on.
  • Sharon Woods
    signed via 2015-12-14 09:17:55 +1100
    Dear Minister,

    We all know the ocean is filled with waste, that plastics hurt our animals and people are basically lazy.

    WE need to show our people a better way and make them accountable for their own waste. If plastic bags were banned people will adapt quickly.

    Just yesterday we saw the Leaders in Paris declare the end of the fossil fuel industry. It is only a matter of time before we need to move away from plastics.

    Lets not wait to be the last again. Let’s do it now and save our oceans form more unnecessary waste.

    Thank you

    Sharon
  • Tara nelson
    signed via 2015-12-14 09:16:39 +1100
  • Lyndall Katz
    signed via 2015-12-14 09:16:21 +1100
  • Casey O'Sullivan
    signed via 2015-12-14 09:12:32 +1100
  • Manivannan Gopalakrishnan
    signed 2015-12-14 09:04:22 +1100
  • Rauleigh Webb
    signed via 2015-12-14 09:01:36 +1100
    This is a no brainer – just do it!!!
  • Carlo Laruccia
    signed 2015-12-14 08:57:28 +1100
    The time to evolve to a new way of living and interacting with the environment is now.
  • Sue Turner
    signed 2015-12-14 08:46:17 +1100
    If other states have already banned single use plastic bags, why is NSW dragging the chain? We must do more to protect our environment including our aquatic creatures. Let’s just do it. What business interest is blocking this time?
  • Catherine Wroe
    signed 2015-12-14 08:13:04 +1100
  • Rachel Turner
    signed 2015-12-14 08:10:57 +1100
  • Felix Rauch Valenti
    signed 2015-12-14 08:04:50 +1100
  • Debbie Lewis
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-14 06:32:16 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Debbie Lewis
    signed 2015-12-14 06:31:48 +1100
  • Lucia Pec
    signed via 2015-12-14 05:54:46 +1100
  • Erin Rinard
    signed via 2015-12-14 05:07:21 +1100