September 23, 2017 12:34 pm Last modified: 7:54 am

St. John Film Society Shows “Bag It;” Rotary Plans ‘Bring Your Bag’ Campaign

St. John Film Society will host a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, at St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay.
“Bag It” follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Jeb soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health. The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas.
The screening in Cruz Bay is part of Bag It campaign to urge 25 towns across the country to become "Bag It Towns" by the end of 2012. Cities including Washington, D.C. and San Francisco as well as the nations of Ireland, Italy and China have already implemented policies to curb their plastic use. St. John Film Society and the Community Foundation recognizes the importance of reducing single-use plastic use for the safety of our community and environment.
The Rotary Club of St. John will be one of the co-sponsors of this event. They will be announcing the beginning of its "Bring Your Bag" campaign to help end the use of disposable plastic bags on St. John. Rotary is seeking sponsors to donate and distribute heavy duty, reusable organic cotton, made in the USA shopping bags around the island. Each bag will have sponsors logos printed on one side of the bag. Bags are printed in quantities of 500. Each of the 14 sponsors who donate $300 to Rotary will receive 36 bags to distribute as they like. Rotary is also posting "Bring Your Bag" signs in store parking lots and entrance doors to remind people to bring their reusable shopping bags with them.
For additional information or to sign up as a sponsor, contact Doug White at 690-0217.
The Eco-Club at Gifft Hill School is a co-sponsor of the Bag-It film showing. They not only showed the film for the entire student body but created a skit to raise awareness to the problem in the Virgin Islands and were invited to the Senate to support legislation to ban single use plastic bags throughout the territory.If you would like to sign the petition to be delivered to the senate and governor in support you can do so at this link.
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