Little by Little’s Petition Project is meant as a way to effect change through the use of petitions. It is not meant to replace other avenues of action, but rather, to enhance them. We chose to share all the details our of petition journey here—successes, failures, and all—in order to inspire readers to embark on their own journey of activism.
This month’s update is quite an interesting one. We decided on a specific petition, have started working on putting together the petition, have a couple of questions the answers to which will map out the next steps—but also have a lot to think about after meeting with experts in the field of environmental protection that has made us wonder if we should be putting any energy into this petition at all.
The Topic of the First Petition: Compostable Produce Bags
There has been a lot about eliminating single-use plastic bags from grocery store. But no one, to our knowledge, has been talking about produce bags. And from what we have been reading, this are terrible not just if they end up in a landfill, but they cause havoc on wildlife both on land and in the sea. And while the best course of action would be for everyone to stop using single use produce bags, there is a temporary, in-between solution that could ease some of the environmental damage during uptake: compostable produce bags.
Our Next Steps in the Petition Project
We are still doing some research to make sure that the compostable produce bags actually do have a smaller carbon footprint than plastic produce bags. We also are thinking a lot about how to ensure that consumers don’t adopt compostable produce bags as their go-to, instead of transitioning to reusable produce bags.
We are also drafting the petition itself, drafting emails to our contacts and social media posts, and finding collaborators who can reach out to their friends. If you’re interested in becoming a collaborator, drop us a comment below or send us an email!
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, we have been meeting up with some experts in the fields of marketing, the environment, and activism. These amazing people, to whom we are so grateful for giving us their time, are shaping our approach to this entire project. We are going to continue pushing this petition forward, but as we are finding answers to our questions, we are discerning that there might be a better way of doing this. Is a large-scope petition the best use of our energy? Should we instead be doing something at the grassroots? Wouldn’t that effect change more quickly? Especially if we write detailed posts about how we did it, so that others world-wide can do the same?