Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 18:55:22
From: Mark Murray <CAW@mail.democracyinaction.org>
Subject: URGENT! FLOOR VOTE THIS WEEK ON PLASTIC BAGS! WE NEED YOU!
URGENT FLOOR VOTE THIS WEEK -- YOUR HELP NEEDED
Last week, I urged you to send letters to your Assembly representative
asking for his or her support on Assemblyman Lloyd Levine's Assembly Bill
2449. You responded generously -- literally hundreds of letters were sent
-- but the Assembly adjourned before the bill could come up for a
Assembly Member Levine intends to take up AB 2449 on Thursday and we will
be fighting for every vote. If you have already sent a letter to your
Assembly Member, please help us further by
clicking here to let your friends and associates know about this
And if you have not yet had an opportunity to send your own letter,
please do so by clicking here now.
Californians use over 19 billion plastic grocery and merchandise bags a
year (roughly 552 bags per person), creating 147,038 tons of unnecessary
waste in our landfills. As people throughout the state throw away over
600 bags a second, they are creating enough waste to circle the planet
over 250 times in one year. As bad as they are for the on-shore
environment, they are deadly in the marine environment. Every year,
plastic debris - such as bags - kills animals through entanglement,
suffocation, starvation and ingestion. In the 1980s it was estimated that
plastic rubbish caused the deaths of over 100,000 marine mammals and sea
turtles a year in the North Pacific alone.
AB 2449 will take the first bite out of this growing environmental
crisis, but we must have your support to be successful.