Laudato Si: Petition for ban on single-use plastic bags

5 June 2018 | General Interest

Many of you will be aware of Sophia's petition calling for a ban on single-use and heavy retail plastic bags. Sophia is a student at Monte Sant'Angelo and inspired by Pope Fracis' encyclical Laudato Si she is now seeking community support for this ban. We are asking you to sign this petition that asks the Legislative Assembly to introduce legislation to stop the use of single-use plastic bags at retail points of sale in NSW. Some factors to ponder are:
- NSW consumes 34% of Australia's 8.5 billion plastic bags produced each year and requires vast amount of fossil fuels to produce them, adding greatly to greenhouse emissions.
- The promise of some supermarkets to phase out the use of single-use plastic bags is voluntary and cannot be enforced
- If usage continues at its current rate, it is predicted that by 2050 95% of all species of seabirds will suffer from ingestion of plastic.
- It costs the Government more than $4 million per annum to clean up litter specifically caused by plastic bags.

The petition will be available for you to sign at the entrances of the Church next weekend 9th - 10th of June.