The UK government
United Kingdom

So many people these days seem to think that the environment is none of their business. They carry on putting paper in with the rubbish and leaving TVs on standby. But if we carry on like this for much longer, we will have no future as a civilization.

Without the trees, the carbon emissions increase. This is causing the polar ice caps to melt rapidly. If the West Antarctic ice sheet melts completely, sea levels worldwide will rise 20 feet. If the Greenland ice sheet melts, the sea levels will rise another 20 feet. This will cause untold damage to seaside communities like the islands of Tuvalu in the South Pacific. The highest point in the small country is around 4 metres above sea level. When the sea rises, it will be wahed away, along with 11,000 lives.

The way to avoid this is recycling. Some people will continue to put paper in with the rubbish just to spite us. If you're one of those people, I'm here to tell you, it's not funny and it's not clever. If your too lazy to sort out your own rubbish, then it should be YOU getting killed by global warming, not the 11,000 innocent people who could be washed away when Tuvalu goes under.

In WW2, the government didn't ask us to VOLUNTARILY eat less to help us win the war. They MADE us live on rations. Which, of course, was excatly the right thing to do. The same ethic needs to be applied in this case.

We MUST make recycling compulsory, before it's too late.

We, the undersigned, ask the UK government to make recycling compulsory nationwide.

And not just paper, ALL recyclable materials. We need to act now before it's too late!

PS I also recommend that everyone watches An Inconvenient Truth as soon as possible. It is very interesting and really highlights the issue.

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The Compulsory Recycling in the UK petition to The UK government was written by Anonymous and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.