After consulting with Caritas Australia (Catholic Agency for International Aid & Development), Sophia found out that NSW was the only state that had not banned or would be banning single use plastic bags. With her recent experience with a Climate Change petition through Our Lady of the Way (OLOW) parish Environment group she decided to take on the challenge of obtaining 10,000 signatures through a petition to ban both single use and heavy retail plastic bags in NSW.
The petition made reference to banning heavy retail plastic bags which does go beyond what other states have done.
In obtaining 10,000 signatures she was guaranteed a debate about her petition in NSW Parliament. The signatures were required to be hard copy (NSW Government Petitions Committee do not allow online signatures).