LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 22, 2012 – On Wednesday May 23rd Los Angeles City Council will vote on banning single-use plastic bags. Leading talent from the entertainment community throw their support strongly behind the ban:
Julia Roberts, Jeff Bridges, Kyra Sedgwick, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rosario Dawson, John Cusack, Peter Fonda, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and many more are bringing a spotlight to this critical environmental issue.
It’s a fact: Single-use plastic bags have gone from a public nuisance to an environmental crisis. Designed to be used for only minutes, plastic bags never degrade and last hundreds of years in the ocean. Plastic pollution can kill wildlife that mistake it for food or become entangled in it. Over the past twenty-five years, plastic bags have been one of the top items collected on International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The good news is we can do something about this crisis. Already, 47 California municipalities have moved forward to ban single-use plastic bags. On May 23rd, we want the City of Los Angeles to become the largest city in California to ban the bags, which would also make L.A. the second largest city in the nation to do so.
Not only is there tremendous public support for a bag ban, but some of the entertainment industry’s premier talent have embraced this pressing issue as well.
The following individuals have joined citizens across L.A. urging the city council to vote YES on banning single-use plastic bags.
Adrian Grenier, Ali Larter, Amy Smart, Bonnie Raitt, Carter Oosterhouse, Daniel Moder, Daryl Hannah, Daphne Zuniga, Eva Longoria, Ed Begley Jr., Edward Norton, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Isaiah Washington, Jackson Browne, Jeff Bridges, Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Demers, John Cusack, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Roberts, Kathy Freston, Kelly Slater, Kyra Sedgwick, Lance Bass, Linda Ronstadt, Malin Akerman, Marisa Ramirez, Perrey Reeves, Peter Fonda, Peter Glatzer, Peter Horton, Rachelle Lefevre, Rosanna Arquette, Rosario Dawson, Sharon Lawrence, Tara Saxon Grossmueller, Ted Danson, Vincent Kartheiser, Wendie Malick, Yancey Arias, and more.
As part of our effort to win this ban, a letter of support will be sent to members of Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, May 22nd. The following day, on Wednesday, May 23rd, a rally and press conference will be held before the Council’s vote occurs.
Environment California is joined by Heal The Bay, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Environmental Media Association and others in this effort. More information on these groups below.
Environment California is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(4) environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting California’s air, water and open spaces. We combine independent ideas, spirited grassroots organizing, and tough-minded advocacy to win real results for the environment.
Heal The Bay is a non-profit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. With its work, Plastic Pollution seeks to put plastic pollution at the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse.
Environmental Media Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the power of the entertainment industry and the media to educate the global public on environmental issues and motivate sustainable lifestyles.