The campaign to ban the bag is gathering pace. South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, the Northern Territory, Queensland and major supermarkets have all stepped up and banned single-use plastic bags. But NSW is still dragging its feet.
And with Environment Ministers meeting right now to discuss the issue, we've got a small window of opportunity to push the last remaining states over the line. Can you call the Premier's office and let her know that you're tired of excuses, and it's time to ban the bag?
If Coles, Woolworths and 5 other states can do it, NSW can do it too.
HOW TO MAKE THE CALL:
Enter your details in the form below. You will then receive a call on the phone number provided which will connect you to the Premier's office for free. You can also call directly on (02) 8574 5000.
* IMPORTANT: The Premier’s staff will try and tell you to write a message online or via the post. Let them know you would like to leave a verbal message and have it passed on to the Premier. Feel free to take up the other options after your call.
N.B. Please call between 9am - 5pm AEST.
Below are some talking points you may like to draw on, but the most important thing is to make the call and tell the Premier why you want her to ban the bag!
You don't need to be an expert on the issue to tell Gladys Berejiklian why she should ditch plastic bags. The most powerful thing you can do is to explain why this issue matters to you. All the facts in the world can't beat a personal story which connects to the values of protecting the planet.
The most important thing is to give it a go. If enough of us clog up their phone lines, we can ban the bag in Australia for good. With that in mind, here's a few short tips and talking points:
Keep it simple. The call can be as simple as registering your opposition to the Premier's inaction. You might like to remind the Premier that you plan to vote with their failure to ban single-use plastic bags in mind.
The person taking your call may say they aren't best placed to talk to about this issue, but don't be put off! Say you'd like them to pass your message on to the Premier.
If they ask you to send an email, say you'd like to speak to someone over the phone. You can also tell them thousands of people have already emailed the premiers as part of this campaign, and that 137,786 people have signed Greenpeace's Ban the Bag petition.
Please be polite, no matter who you're talking to!
Some punchy talking points to mention include:
In Australia, we use 4 billion bags every year, or an eye-watering 10 million every day. That's bad news for fish, turtles and birds, who ingest them once they've ended up in our oceans and waterways.
Plastic pollution is killing our marine life. 30% of the world's turtles and 90% of seabird species have now ingested plastic debris. We have to act now.
In Lord Howe island in the Tasman Sea, one bird was found with over 200 pieces of plastic in its stomach. That's symptomatic of the trail of marine devastation left by our plastic consumption.
South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, the Northern Territory and Queensland have all stepped up and banned the bag. Add to that list countries like Rwanda, Italy, China, Bangladesh and Macedonia as well as many more partial bans and fees per bag imposed elsewhere. Why can't NSW step up and show leadership too?
The government has the the power to fix this now. Gladys Berejiklian has said that she doesn't need to ban plastic bags as supermarkets are already taking action. Waiting for corporates to do her job for her is an unacceptable shirking of responsibility on her part - tell her so!
Leave your full name and details and make sure your call is registered. You can ask to be sent an email confirming this.
You've taken a really powerful step by calling your MP Peter Wellington.