Dear Dianne Lynn,
Did you hear? Yesterday, Los Angeles became the biggest city in the country to ban disposable plastic bags. When the ban goes into effect, one in four Californians will be living bag-free. Bags are now banned in 48 California communities — thanks in no small part to your support.
For this crucial vote in L.A., our outreach staff helped mobilize more than 10,000 Angelenos to send messages to City Council, and volunteers generated more than 1,000 phone calls to council members. The L.A. Times ran an editorial supporting our cause. And yesterday, before the vote, we held a rally at City Hall and then testified at the hearing, hand-delivering thousands of bag ban petitions.
With grassroots power and a lot of hard work, we were able to push past the chemical industry and their expensive lobbyists and misinformation campaigns.
We can use this momentum to ban the bags statewide, but it’s not going to be easy. The American Chemistry Council spent millions in 2010 to defeat a statewide ban, and we can only expect more of the same. Already, industry groups are making noises about a potential lawsuit in L.A., challenging the bag ban.
These guys just won’t give up — but neither will we. And with you on our side, I know that we can win a statewide bag ban for California — keeping millions of pieces of plastic trash away from our beautiful coast, the Pacific and its wildlife.
I’ll be in touch soon with more information about the next steps. If you want to keep the momentum going, you can send a message to Gov. Jerry Brown today, asking him to support a statewide ban.
Environment California Legislative Director
I say "Green" to Save the Planet! Great measure to improve our environment!!
Noted and shared not signed (US only). Thank you Dianne.