To reduce plastic consumption and decarbonize economies in 2019, we demand that plastic bags are no longer used at educational beach cleanup events. Using single use plastic to cleanup plastic, marine debris, and litter is sending a mixed message to everyone, especially future youth stewards who follow in our footsteps to become the leaders we strive to be now.
It is time to take action and rethink how we collect and dispose of debris at cleanup events. We are at the peak of the climate crisis, with some of the most massive biodiversity loss while nitrogen levels in water are extremely high. Plastics are a bi-product of fossil fuels that wreak havoc on our one world Ocean.
What is the solution? Coffee roasters give away burlap bags, breweries provide grain bags, and farmers have feed bags that are already landfill bound and piling up by the day. Communities, businesses and organizations can work together for cleanup events. While single use plastic bags are convenient and tidy, it takes at least 500 years for such material to biodegrade. We must stop filling our landfills with single use plastics from educational cleanup events!