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Plastic Bag Free NSW Petition NSW Environment Minister

BY EARTHFIRST

Plastic pollution how did it get this bad? Plastic, once our “friend” in the fifties, has now become nature's “enemy”. Our oceans now contain alarming amounts of plastic debris which will take hundreds of years to break down. This is disastrous for our marine life.

Below the waves, plastic debris is finding its way into the food chain. The UN Environment Program described marine plastics as the new toxic time bomb.

In addition to entangling wildlife or being mistaken for food, floating plastics accumulate and concentrate chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide DDT.

Since 2000 we have produced more plastic than during the entire 20th century. To produce the approximately 4 billion bags, Australians used last year, vast amounts of non renewable fossil fuels were used. Millions of bags end up on beaches, in rivers and other parts of our natural environment. In our own backyard- Lord Howe Island plastic is killing migrating shearwaters. In the latest survey this year, one bird’s stomach contained more than 200 pieces of plastic.

Dozens of countries have banned plastic bags with positive results. South Australia and the Northern Territory have already banned plastic bags.The ACT's full ban on single use light weight bags starts on the 1st of November 2011. As a result of the public support Target, Bunnings and other stores have decided to ban plastic bags on a national basis.

It is timely that the NSW government introduce a ban on single use plastic bags as a first step to reduce the serious effects of plastic pollution.

WE URGE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY!

PS Anyone who has been fortunate enough to view the documentary "Bag-It" hosted by environmentalist Tim Silverwood, will never look at plastic the same way again. Tim is currently touring Australia sharing details of his research trip to the North Pacific Gyre and promoting various ways by which we can change our ways.

Tim Silverwood - www.timsilverwood.com

Read More:
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/deadly-diet-of-marine-plastic-kills-seabirds-20110513-1emff.html#ixzz1WhqxbQSt
http://worldoceanreview.com/en/

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