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Successful Rally for Reusable Bags

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All photos by Jason Paluck

LONG BEACH, NY – July 19, 2016 – The BYO Bag LB campaign and over 125 supporters rallied at City Hall before the City Council’s meeting, requesting that the city take action on single-use plastic bag pollution.
They debuted over 2,512 signatures from residents, visitors, and business owners in support of city action. A mural of reminder easily wrapped around the plaza: 500 plastic bags tied end to end -the average person’s annual usage.

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“Of the thousands of shoppers, merchants, and visitors we have talked to, the overwhelming majority support this community-building positive change,” said George Povall, Director of All Our Energy. “Pricing ‘free’ checkout bags, which become either waste or pollution after just 12 minutes of use, encourages you to bring your own bag.”
Large artful signs, many handmade by students, included a sea turtle from plastic bags and giant reusable bag. Four members of the Stewards of the Sea Youth Team jumped in it and sang “All we are saying…is bring your own bag!”

“The voices of our Long Beach children are in their artwork (calling) for a non-plastic ridden tomorrow,” Said Laura O’Shaughnessy-Swan, Coordinator for Stewards of the Sea. “This must begin at home with the support of our Long Beach City Council’s elimination of single use plastic bag pollution.”

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The first speaker was Finn Ashmead, a high school senior who started a student petition and acquired hundreds of signatures, which inspired another dozen students to do the same. “This ordinance is a very simple step we can take to reduce our local pollution, and make Long Beach a much cleaner place”.

Leah Tozer of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce introduced their letter of support for action. “Plastic pollution is a pervasive problem that hurts our city’s assets and natural resources. We want to solve that problem together, for the benefit of our city, our residents and Chamber of Commerce members.”

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“I am here as a City Council Member in support of a reusable bag ordinance,” City Councilwoman Eileen Goggin said. “I am committed to making this happen”. Council Member Anissa Moore also pledged support for bringing the community together to solve this problem. City Council President Len Torres also spoke in favor and then brought the sentiment in to the city council meeting where he spoke of taking action on the issue.

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Local environmentalist Scott Bochner underscored this same sentiment, saying, “This is a legacy issue for the City of Long Beach and for our children. Long Beach will lead and be the first community in Nassau County to pass legislation to eliminate single use plastic bags.”

“Bag It” with us TONIGHT 3/4/16

Tonight, Friday Night March 4, 2016 at 7pm, join All Our Energy, the BYO Bag LB Campaign along with the City Of Long Beach, The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Surfrider Foundation Central LI Chapter, with pizza and refreshments sponsored by Cybernet (http://www.cybernetny.com/) and EmPower Solar (www.empower-solar.com/) for family Friendly Friday night movie showing of “Bag It” at Long Beach City Hall.
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Please bring your friends, kids, everyone… and share with everyone you know. invite them right now at the event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741239379440120/
 
Many thanks to Councilman Anthony Eramo for his help to bring the campaign to the public through official city channels!
Now we need your help to expand and show the widespread public support (that’s YOU)  that there is for eliminating single use plastic bag pollution.  Let’s make this a dinner table topic and transition Long Beach to a reusable bag culture!
If you haven’t already, Please like and share the campaign’s Facebook page

huge news in our plastic bag campaign!

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As of this week…THE CITY OF LONG BEACH IS HELPING SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN!  

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Thanks to Councilman Anthony Eramo, who has stepped up to bring our campaign to the public through official city channels, this campaign has just catapulted ahead dramatically!
The City of Long Beach will host a family-friendly screening of “Bag It” on the big screen at Long Beach CITY HALL Friday, March 4 at 7pm.   The City will promote it through their extensive channels.
Additionally, we thank The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, who are also backing and promoting this event and lending their help. 
Here’s how YOU can help: Join us as we RAMP UP all our outreach and host multiple events to coincide with this development and use this momentum to push this issue through to success.  

We must expand and show the widespread public support (that’s YOU)  that there is for this, and make this a dinner table topic to transition Long Beach to a reusable bag culture!Can you show your support and to help advocate with us?

For this date and others upcoming, we will need volunteers, and happy moviegoers alike. Please bring your friends, kids, everyone and tell and share with everyone you know. invite them right now at the event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741239379440120/Please reply to this email if you would like to join the volunteer team.

We have bumper/window stickers on the way and we hope you will display them to help raise awareness of the issue and let everyone know that you support this movement!  Can you display one?  Come to one of our upcoming events and get one!!! 

If you haven’t already, Please like and share the campaign’s Facebook page

With your help, we will be unstoppable!!