To celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8, 2018), over 400 students from schools across NYC will gather at New York City Hall for a Youth Rally to bring attention to the global crisis of marine plastic pollution and to urge NYC Council Members to take immediate local action by voting “yes" to ban plastic foam in NYC!
Toxic and polluting plastic polystyrene foam (commonly called "styrofoam") is a threat to our local waterways, oceans, wildlife, seafood, and humans. NYC Council recently introduced a new bill to ban plastic foam citywide Intro 0135-2018). In 2013, NYC Council voted “yes’ to ban polystyrene foam citywide, but the city has been sued twice by industry-backed support, keeping this original bill from being enacted.
NYC eliminated plastic foam lunch trays from all 1800 public schools in 2015 due to both health and environmental concerns. Students from across the city played a critical role in advocating for this change of policy!
Last month, Baltimore City enacted a citywide foam ban after 200 students rallied at City Hall, making their voices heard. WTG Baltimore students!
It’s time for NYC to join over 100 other US municipalities and ban plastic foam. Join other concerned students to protect our oceans by keeping them free of plastic pollution.
Will you and your students be joining us at City Hall on Wednesday, May 30th?
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