Ban the Bag! Green Schools Alliance Conference at Hewitt

Green Team at Hewitt

Green Team at Hewitt

This Saturday March 2nd, the Green Gremlins Team attended the Green Schools Alliance “Ban the Bag” conference at the Hewitt School.  We had the opportunity to listen to a student-moderated panel about how New York City might implement a plastic bag ban similar to those in place in cities like San Francisco, Delhi, Mexico City, and Portland.  At the main panel, we heard some of surprising facts about trash, and even more surprising solutions being worked on, from Jennie Romer, founder of Plastic Bag Laws, Ron Gonen, Mayor Bloomberg’s Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, Stiv Wilson, from the 5 Gyres Institute, Eric Goldstein from the NRDC, Matie Quinn of SIMs Recycling, and city Councilmember Brad Lander. Did you know?: Each month, 2 million pounds of trash that could be recycled ends up in our landfills, shipped to OH, NC, and DE.  Much of this if food related, and plastic bags are a big part of the problem.   While taking hundreds of years to decompose, they bioaccumulate in ocean food chains, ultimately harming humans. During our Green Team meeting this week, our group will discuss how GCS kids can get involved in the upcoming campaign to ban plastic bags in NYC, and we will discuss how our current collaboration with the Al Hekma International School in Bahrain, through the NAIS Global 20/20 Challenge, focusing on deforestation, will incorporate a discussion of forest resources and paper bags.

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