Free Screening ~ "Bag It" with Guest Speakers on the proposed bag tax in Maryland.
Busboys & Poets (Hyattsville, MD United States) Hyattsville, MD
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Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutessingle-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is "away?" Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health?
Bag It follows "everyman" 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?
Jeb looks beyond plastic bags and discovers that virtually everything in modern societyfrom baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care productsis made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process. When Jeb's journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.
Maryland State Delegate Michael G. Summers (D-District 47) and represents towns in the Corridor. Delegate Summers is a member of the Ways & Means Committee serving on the Transportation and Election Law Sub-Committees. He Chairs the Prince George's Delegation's Democratic Caucus and is Vice-Chair of the Law Enforcement and State Appointed Boards Committee of the Prince George's County Delegation.
Prince George's County Council Member Mary A. Lehman (D-District 1) is a leading advocate for a fee on disposable bags in Prince George's County. Council Member Lehman has worked to pass significant environmental legislation including improvements to the county's recycling program, a green stormwater retrofit incentives program, strengthening the energy efficiency requirements in the county building code, and an expansion of the county's solar tax credit.
Julie Lawson is the Communications & Campaigns Manager for the Anacostia Watershed Society. Julie organizes the Trash Free Maryland Alliance, a network of nonprofits, businesses, and activists working to reduce litter in Maryland.
What You Can Do: At the time of this posting, the Prince George's County House Delegation is considering, PG 401-13, Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags, a proposed bill that would provide Prince George's County with the authority to impose a fee on disposable shopping bags. If PG 401-13 passes, it will be up to the County Council and County Executive to decide whether to exercise this authority, and what the specifics of a bag fee would entail - such as plans for the distribution of free reusable bags, public outreach, and litter clean up.
To learn more on PG 401-13, visit http://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-history?local=PG 401-13. (Find out who your delegates are by going to www.mdelect.net.)
Following the panel discussion, you are invited to keep the conversation going across the street at The Big Bad Woof.
Conversations in the Corridor is held every second Sunday of the month from 5:00-7:00PM at Busboys & Poets located at 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville MD 20781. CITC aims to foster honest and open dialogue in a neutral and welcoming space. These monthly discussions span the idea spectrum, addressing politics, arts, education, race, class and culture, the environment and animal rights, among other topics. Always free and open to all!
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5331 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781