Garden Education Center hosts “Bag It” screening

bag itCommunity leaders at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich are hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary Bag It at the newly refurbished GEC Auditorium at 130 Bible Street in Cos Cob on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Bag It follows Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Mr. Berrier 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 film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic 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.

The screening at the GEC will be an entertaining look at sustainability, with introduction by GEC member Lin Lavery. If you recognize the importance of reducing single-use plastic use for the safety of the community and environment, the GEC encourages you to attend.

Admission is $20 per person, $10 for students. Recommended age is nine and up. Parents can drop off children age 12 and up.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit Gecgreenwich.org.

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