Hi there! As you know, I am Lila Mankad. I am eleven, I live near Little White Oak Bayou, and it bothers me that it's full of trash. I decided to do something about it, and with my friend Caoilin Krathaus, I started a petition to ban plastic bags in Houston. We want Houston to be known for moss hanging in it's trees, not plastic. We have come far, and currently have about 2,500 signatures.
But all of this hard work could be unraveled if Senate Bill 103 passed, which would prohibit local bag ordinances. We couldn't let this bill pass unnoticed. So one early April morning, Caoilin and I, as well as our fathers, packed into the car to go lobby against Senate bill 103, and to lobby for House bill 3482, which would allow cities to have bag ordinances. We marched right into the capital, through the rotunda, and with Texas Campaign for the Environment, we lobbied in many, many offices. We met a incredible variety of people, and in every office we visited, we delivered our speech. Overall, it was a experience I will never forget. I learned so much that day that I will value for the rest of my life.
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