Children's Corner - 'Activist Abby' Goldberg, 13-year-old

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'Activist Abby' Goldberg, a 14-year-old girl who, after seeing the devastation that millions of plastic bags caused the environment and ocean life, made her school project this year getting a local ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in her home town Grayslake, IL.

Abby and her friends were making great progress, until the oil and chemical industry pulled a dirty trick to kill her campaign.  These lobbyists used the politicians that they bought to pass a bill that would make it illegal for towns across Illinois to create plastic bag bans!  Even worse, they were trying to make it look like a green environmental bill, by putting in a few ridiculously-low requirements for so-called “recycling” of plastic bags, and are bragging they’re going to make it "a model bill for all states!”

But a ton of people came and signed her petition -- over 173,000 -- to convince Governor Quinn to veto, and IT WORKED!!!  He called her personally to tell her he was going to veto the bill.

You can make a difference too!  Stay in touch with Abby on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/ActivistAbby

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