Film ‘Bag It’ coming to Canyon Crest Academy
By Debbie Sandler
“Think about this… Why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away? What’s up with that?” — Jeb Berrier, main character of “Bag It.”
The Ecoclub at Canyon Crest Academy recently announced that they will be showing “Bag It,” a provocative and incredibly moving film which examines our society’s use and abuse of plastic. “Bag It” will be shown in the Proscenium Theatre on the Canyon Crest campus on Monday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $4 or $2 if you bring plastic bags, bottles or cans for recycling. For more information about the film, please visit www.bagitmovie.com or simply Google “Bag It the movie.”
This award-winning film follows the main character, Jeb Berrier, as he “navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? What he learns very quickly goes far beyond plastic bags as Jeb is led into the world of single-use disposable plastic.”
Please consider a few points of interest:
• The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded.
• Two million plastic bottles are consumed in the U.S. every five minutes, less than 25 percent are recycled.
• 14 million pounds of trash end up in the ocean each year.
• Plastic debris resembles plankton – fish food – and there is 40 times more plastic than plankton in some parts of the ocean. This is how plastic enters our food chain.
• It is estimated that 100,000 marine animals and sea birds die each year from becoming entangled in or ingesting plastic debris.
• Plastic bags are made of fossil fuels such as petroleum and natural gas, which are non-renewable resources.
• The U.S. was once the largest exporter of oil in the world. Now, it is the largest importer.
• Ireland reduced its plastic bag use by 90 percent after instituting a fee on single-use disposable plastic bags.
• China banned “ultra thin” plastic bags in 2008. They reduced their use by 40 billion bags in the first year.
While “Bag It” is a film that deals with a serious subject, the film’s tone and mood is kept light to keep audiences engaged and entertained. A broad range of viewers are drawn to the film, not just environmentalists, and after seeing this film we walk away feeling empowered, informed and excited to create change — today. Right now.
Louie Psihoyos, director of the compelling film “The Cove,” says this about “Bag It”: “A powerful and deceptively simple movie that is sure to change the way you look at everyday objects. I didn’t expect a movie about plastic bags to change my life in such a deep and profound way. Gripping, funny, intelligent and sure to change your life.”
Plan to spend a couple of hours with this exceedingly worthwhile film. Then answer this question, “Is your life too plastic?”
Canyon Crest Academy is located at 5951 East Village Center Loop Road San Diego, CA 92130. Contact Amy Lyden, Ecoclub president, with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org
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