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Seventh Grader, Abby Goldberg, Helps Stop Plastic Bag Ban

Open Letter from Abby Goldberg **
August 27, 2012

This week I learned that no matter your age, you can make a difference.

Last Spring, I was given an assignment in my 7th grade environmental awareness class to design a project. I decided to convince my village board to ban plastic bags, similar to other cities across the country. Then I found out that a bill was moving through my state's government to prevent cities and towns from enacting bans like this in our communities. I couldn't just sit by quietly while Big Plastic tried to push this bill through my state of Illinois.

That's why my mom and I took action and started a petition on Change.org. And guess what? After more than 174,500 people signed our petition asking Governor Quinn to stop this law, he listened!

Governor Quinn heard loud and clear that local communities should have the right to make their own decisions about plastic bag bans in Illinois. He even met with us personally when my mom and I delivered the petition signatures to Chicago! I care too much about animals, our environment and our future natural resources to be silent, and I'm glad that Governor Quinn took a stand for the environment.

After the governor vetoed the bill, the story of our petition was even on the front page of the Chicago Tribune. Big Plastic was trying out this kind of legislation in my state -- but because of our work, other state decision-makers know that industry and lobbyists can't bully our towns.

Read Chicago Tribune article

I'm very proud of everyone who came together to stop this bill -- and thankful my state's governor is listening to a 7th grader like me. Many people left supportive comments on our petition, too. Your words made me feel like anyone, no matter what age, can really make a difference in the world.


Abby Goldberg - 13 years old
Tracy Goldberg (Abby's mom)
Grayslake, Illinois

** Reprinted from Change.org

Posted: September 2, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

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