We’ve got a solution to plastic pollution. Help us put it in your TDs' hands
Posted by Guest Blogger on May 30, 2018 at 03:36 PM
Thanks to our supporters, we’ve been making great progress this year to turn the tide on plastic pollution in Ireland.
Last week, over 2,000 of them emailed the Oireachtas Environment Committee to make sure they didn’t let Minister Denis Naughten water down the Waste Reduction Bill to indefinitely delay a national deposit and return scheme.
Their action resulted in the Committee voting seven to five against the Minister’s amendment and proved that, together, we really can make a difference.
But we’re far from done!
In a fit of pique, the Minister is now threatening to block the whole Waste Reduction Bill on a technicality. That would scupper not just the deposit and return scheme but also a proposed ban on plastic straws and cutlery and the Minister’s own idea of a levy on disposable coffee cups!
We need all TDs to stand with the Environment Committee and demand the Minister allow the Bill proceed to the next stage. After all, the Dáil unanimously agreed to progress the Bill last year.
Now, we want to put that solution in the hands of your TD as they decide the fate of the Waste Reduction Bill.
This year, our Keep Cups have created a useful talking point to get people to consider the impact of unnecessary, non-recyclable coffee cups on the environment. We’re currently throwing away over half a million disposable coffee cups a day in Ireland alone!
But we have to move fast, before the Bill gets sidelined. We need to deliver the Keep Cups in early June to keep up the pressure for action.
Or can you sponsor a whole Keep Cup? Whatever you can afford to give, we will add your name to a card to your TDs asking them to support Waste Bill.
This is the message we'll put on the card with your name:
Want a Keep Cup of your own? Sign up for a monthly donation and we’ll send you a Friends of the Earth Keep Cup.
We’ll also put your name on the card to all your TDs and all the money from this fundraising appeal will go towards our Sick Of Plastic campaign
Thanks for your support on this important issue!
Dr. Cara Augustenborg
Head of Science and Communications
Friends of the Earth Ireland