'Bag It' Friday to save the Earth

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Plastic bag debris on Ballona Creek Plastic bag debris on Ballona Creek GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP  Earth Day can be every day, according to a 40-year-old local college campus group. Eliminating the use of plastic bags could help save the environment and marine life and improve human health, according to members of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Action Volunteers for the Environment, or SAVE.

SAVE will present a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It!”8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Campus Center Theater, 101 Vera King Farris Dr. The screening will be preceeded by a discussion at 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be served, and everyone will receive a reusable T-shirt bag. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Organizers are asking attendees to bring one or more old T-shirts to donate to the reusable bag project.

"Bag It!" follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of people's dependence on plastic bags. He 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 12 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 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 linked to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity and infertility.

SAVE recognizes the importance of reducing single-use plastic for the safety of the community and environment. One of the oldest clubs at Stockton, it has been supporting environmental activism for 40 years.

For information call Sarah Maldonado at 609-339-0183.

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