After extensive research on the environmental impact of single-use plastic bags, Memorial Middle School Environmental Club members Danielle Hernandez, William Summit and Joshua LaBelle shared their research in a presentation to the School Board on Jan. 22.
With the help of teachers Jennie Allen and Anna Harris, the students researched how these plastic bags impact the human population, environment and animals worldwide.
“They worked very hard on it, especially considering we only see them for a half an hour each week day and for only 10 minutes on Wednesdays,” said Harris.
From the presentation:
Why should we ban single-use plastic bags?
Because they are so lightweight plastic bags can travel long distances by wind and water. They litter our landscapes, get caught in fences and trees, float around in waterways, and can eventually make their way into the world’s oceans.
The presentation concluded with rationale for using reusable bags instead of single-use bags in our community and a request for permission to speak to the Albany City Council. They are scheduled to present at the Council meeting on Feb. 28 at 7:15 p.m.