This uplifting news comes to us from England, UK.
Two very determined little girls are in the process of rallying thousands of people to sign a petition demanding that Burger King and McDonald’s stop giving away free plastic toys to kids. The goal has almost been met with nearly half a million signatures.
9-year-old Ella and 7-year-old Caitlin Wood took the help of their mother to start an online Change.org petition with the goal of persuading the fast-food giants to do away with the wasteful toys that come with Junior meals and Happy Meals.
Since they launched the petition, the two youngsters have received over 350,000 signatures as compared to the goal which is 500, 000. Their call to action has accumulated further support both from children and adults.
The petition reads, “We’ve been learning all about the environment at school and the problem of plastic. It made us very sad to see how plastic harms wildlife and pollutes the ocean, and we want to change this. That’s why we want Burger King and McDonald’s to think of the environment and stop giving plastic toy’s with their kid’s meals.” This petition had an immediate impact and many signatures piled up within hours of it being online.
The girls continue,” We like to go to eat at Burger King and McDonald’s but children only play with the plastic toys they give us for a few minutes before they get thrown away and harm animals and pollute the sea. We want anything they give us to be sustainable so that we can protect the planet for us and for future generations.”
In addition to making a very compelling argument, the total number of signatures almost doubled after reporters with BBC One’s “War on Plastic”, followed the determined young activists when they went to the McDonald’s headquarters to hand-deliver the petition.
Ever since Burger King and McDonald’s have released statements with the press detailing their plans to make the free toys more sustainable.
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