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Showing of Bag it City Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn Thursday, Nov. 10

Showing of “Bag it”

City Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn Thursday, Nov. 10

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On Thursday, Nov. 10, the City of Colorado Springs and Fort Carson are partnering to host a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag it: is your life too plastic?” as a part of the City’s Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn series. The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve minutes each. That’s about 60,000 plastic bags every 5 minutes.

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.

Fort Carson’s sustainability program, Sustainable Fort Carson, has shown the humorous, yet compelling documentary more than 30 times in the last year to more than 2,000 people. The film supports Fort Carson’s efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Recently, Fort Carson was designated as a “Net Zero Pilot Installation” for Energy, Water and Waste by the Department of the Army.

The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12: 49 p.m., at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, in Suite 102. The showing will feature the short, 45-minute version. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Every attendee will receive a tote bag (pictured) made from reused City banners. 

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Every attendee gets a bag!

“Just last weekend we had a creek cleanup event and the vast majority of trash and recyclables that I pulled from Monument Creek were made from plastics… Styrofoam, bags, bottles and cups,” said City Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland. “I found myself wondering if the creek would have been less trashed if more people has seen this move and were choosing to purchase and use less plastic.” 

Each month, the City Green Team sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on an environmental issue. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or cmccausland@springsgov.com.