VAIL - In honor of Earth Day, community leaders at the town of Vail, Eagle River Watershed Council and Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability are hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary "Bag It" at 6 p.m. Thursday at Donovan Pavilion. A suggested donation of $5 to support local non-profit organizations is requested at the door. The event is open to the public.
The "Bag It" documentary follows "everyman" and Telluride local Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Berrier soon learns the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health.
The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about 12 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 film explores these issues and identifies how an abundance of plastics in the environment threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too. Two of the most common plastic additives are endocrine disruptors, which have been shown to link to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity and infertility.
As a participant in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns plastic bag challenge in 2009, the town of Vail recognizes the importance of reducing single-use plastic use for the safety of our community and environment. According to the Eagle River Watershed Council, plastic bags are one of the most common items collected during river and highway cleanups each year.
For additional information, contact Kristen Bertuglia, environmental sustainability coordinator, at 970-477-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.