Pass the Plastic and Marine Pollution Reduction, Recycling, and Composting Act to Save Sea Turtles
The ocean is polluted by plastic waste from the growing use of disposable plastic items in our modern society. Disposable plastic fast-food service packaging, the plastic bags, cups, and trays, contain toxic chemicals. When plastic pollutes the ocean it can be ingested by sea turtles, whales, seabirds and fishes with harmful, and sometimes fatal, consequences.
California Senator Marc Leno has introduced a bill, SB 529, to restrict fast food service companies from giving out single-use plastic bags, cups and trays. If passed, it would create the Plastic and Marine Pollution Reduction, Recycling, and Composting Act to require plastic waste better managed and raise funds to sponsor cleanup actions to reduce plastic waste reaching the ocean.
Pacific leatherback sea turtles are declining towards extinction and rely on clean, plastic-free feeding areas offshore of California for their continued survival. At their current rate of decline, they could be extinct in 20 years. Scientists have determined over 35% of leatherback sea turtles contain ingested plastic. The Pacific leatherback is now California's official marine reptile and was granted over 16,000 square miles of protected critical habitat offshore for feeding on jellyfish.
Californians have honored the leatherback sea turtle and must now take action to protect its critical habitat feeding area by supporting SB 529. Please sign and share this call to action with friends, family, and all your contacts in California!
Not a California resident? Please click here to sign in support of the effort on our general petition, which will be delivered at strategic times to show nation-wide support.