I am Lila Mankad, a 11 year old currently at Hogg Middle School in Houston. I live near Little White Oak Bayou, and it bothers me that it's full of trash. I've noticed that one of the main problems is plastic bags. As long as I can remember, they have been waving in the trees more abundantly than the Spanish Moss.

  Sadly, the problem with plastic bags isn't just that they look trashy. They kill wildlife, block our waterways, and make Houston look like it doesn't care about the Earth. That might be the old Houston, but not the Houston I grew up in, or the Houston of tomorrow.

    I want to be the kind of person who changes the world instead of complaining. I want to be the kind of person that solves problems instead of creating them. I want Houston to be a city that really believes "it's worth it".

For these reasons, I have joined together with my friend Caoilin Krathaus to start this petition to Mayor Sylvester Turner to dramatically reduce the use of plastic bags by either banning them or placing a fee on their use. And I know we can do it because cities across the world have made similar bans and reduced pollution drastically,and because I know Houston can do better.

Please sign this petition and help Houston be known for moss in it's trees instead of plastic.