As the St. Petersburg City Council considers a ban on plastic bags, 36 members of Lakewood UCC signed a petition in support of such a ban. Along with the petition, Rev. Kim Wells sent a letter of explanation, it read:
Dear Members of the St. Petersburg City Council,
Greetings! Our church is committed to the directive in the book of Genesis that humanity care for the Earth (Genesis 1:28). We take this responsibility very seriously. We feel an obligation to protect the Earth and all of the life that it supports. We continue to seek out ways to fulfill this requirement of the Christian as well as the Jewish faith.
To this end, we enclose a petition in support of the limitation of the use of plastic bags. This petition was circulated in church on the past two Sunday mornings. There were about 30 people in attendance each Sunday. We feel that the banning of plastic bags is an important way to show greater care and respect for the Earth and for the wildlife of our area.
I was in Portland, OR for a week in May attending a meeting and seeing the area since I had never been there. After four days, I noticed that I had not been given a plastic bag at a store. Paper bags had been used. The next time I went to a store I asked about this. Was there some kind of law or prohibition against plastic bags? Oh yes! The clerk was very enthusiastic about it and was quite surprised to hear that we did not have this in Florida.
Thank you for pursuing this initiative here in St. Petersburg. Hopefully other municipalities will follow suit. It’s good to live in a city that is setting the pace!
Many thanks for your leadership and service.
Rev. Kim Wells, pastor