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Join Annapolis Green, Oceana, community organizers, businesses, and elected officials from across the state for a virtual rally and day of action in support of the Plastic Bag Reduction Act (HB314). This important bill would protect the six local laws already in existence in Maryland that limit plastic bags and implement a simple, statewide standard to ban them. Event organizers will lead rally goers in a mass phone bank and social media push to ensure lawmakers are hearing from their constituents on the issue. The rally occurs as microplastics and other forms of plastic pollution continue to accumulate in the Chesapeake Bay, threatening the 96,000 jobs and $6B in GDP in Maryland that depend on a clean coast.

rally to ban plastic bagsSpeakers:

  • Delegate Brooke Lierman
  • Senator Malcolm Augustine
  • Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott
  • Anne Arundel County Executive Stuart Pittman
  • Oliver Song, Howard County Conservancy Student Climate Change Institute
  • Alexandra (Ali) DySard, Environmental & Partnerships Manager, MOM’s Organic Market (Annapolis Green Founding One Hundred supporter)
  • Jared Littman, Owner, K&B True Value (Annapolis Green Founding One Hundred supporter)

Show your support for reducing the tide of plastic litter choking our community at this virtual rally. To register click here. 

This issue affects our community in many ways. Global production of plastic is now projected to increase at least fourfold between 2014 and 2050. As plastic production increases, so will the amount of plastic that enters the ocean. This poses a direct threat to coastal tourism and other local businesses that depend on a healthy and clean marine environment — like those in Greater Annapolis. In Maryland, a healthy Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean support over 96,000 jobs and $6 billion in GDP. A study funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) found that doubling marine debris on beaches in coastal Delaware and Maryland could result in a decrease of the number visitor days that people spend on beaches by nearly 3.5 million, a decrease in tourism spending by $254 million, and a loss of 3,300 local jobs.

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Waterkeepers Chesapeake invites you to a free virtual screening (at your convenience) and panel discussion about this important film. It takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.

During this unprecedented pandemic, it’s critical to ensure the voices of activists and marginalized communities are heard to stand up to big oil and businesses perpetuating the plastic crisis. Stories and film have a unique ability to bridge divides and bring us together as part of something bigger than ourselves – to connect us and create empathy during perilous times. To that end, we hope The Story of Stuff’s new film The Story of Plastic serves as a tool to foster connection, spark dialogue, and create action. See the trailer.

See the film on your own time and then join the Post-Screening Virtual Video Conversation with Waterkeepers:

  • Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Ted Evgeniadis
  • Anacostia Riverkeeper Trey Sherard
  • James Riverkeeper Jamie Brunkow
  • Assateague Coastkeeper’s Trash Free Assateague Program Coordinator Billy Weiland

RSVP here and Waterkeepers Chesapeake will share screening and video conferencing links as well as ways to join the global movement to ban plastics for good.

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It Starts With a Straw

The Earth is drowning in plastic, especially the disposable, single-use kind—bags, bottles, cutlery and straws. A whopping 500 million plastic straws are used in the United States alone EVERY SINGLE DAY. Much of this petroleum-based material ends up as toxic litter in our streams, rivers, oceans, even the Chesapeake Bay.

We’re helping to change that. In 2018, we launched our Don’tSuck. #SipResponsibly campaign during Annapolis Restaurant Week. Today, more than 30 restaurants partner with us to minimize and eventually eliminate the use of plastic straws.

straw waste containerarrowAs an individual, you can do your bit with regard to plastic straws. Straws are too small to be recycled in our standard recycling bins so we’ve deployed special collections boxes at these locations:

  • Annapolis Green House, 92 Maryland Avenue
  • Hobo Bags, 194 Green Street
  • Visit Annapolis, 26 West Street
  • Put plastic straws you’ve used or have found as litter on the streets or in other waste bins in these special boxes and TerraCycle will repurpose them properly.

    We’ve broadened that campaign to include a multitude of single-use plastics that end up as toxic pollution in our waterways. Now called It Starts with a Straw, this bold, more expansive initiative calls upon and empowers us all to reduce our use of disposable plastic. Learn more and discover how you can reduce your plastic footprint at It Starts with a Straw.

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