"Bag It" comes to Cozmic Cafe, Plastic Bag Protest Documentary
Cozmic Cafe, July 17, 2012
Citizens and community groups, including the Sierra Club Maidu Group, and other organizations, are hosting a screening of the award winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at the Cozmic Café in Placerville, July 18 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. There is no admission for the events.
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 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 screenings are part of a community campaign called Take Out Plastics in
El Dorado County to introduce an ordinance to ban the free distribution of
plastic bags in El Dorado County and the two incorporated cities of Placerville
and South Lake Tahoe as well as educate the community of the impacts of plastics
on the environment and public health.