THIS THANKSGIVING DAY I gave special thanks to NEW England Wax members who jump started my plastics project. You contributed my first eco-pledges! You gave me the courage to take the project forward. “Scrappy” spent summer and fall outside Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA. You might be able to find your pledges here.
By July 4th, 2020: 500
By November 1st, 700
By fourth of July, 2022, new goal of 1,000
Most contributors live in the U.S., but people in Germany, Italy, Brazil, Switzerland,England, Wales and the Philippines also contributed. Almost all pledges came from one-on-one live or email conversations with people or volunteers I know.
Most pledges are from women, and almost all are from adults.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS?
Kids will have to clean up the ecological mess we are leaving them. A Clark University grad and I created a discussion/activity workshop for 8-13-year olds which help kids understand how plastic trash in their homes can make its way to the ocean and harm sea creatures and how they can help.
At the end of each workshop, each of the children writes their own eco-pledges on a piece of plastic and Velcro it to a fish.
WHAT DID PEOPLE PLEDGE?
Pledges are a cross-section of all the behavior changes we have been encouraged to make: in our homes, and about food, transportation, the environment, water, plastics, agricultural products and activism.
ADVOCACY/ACTIVISM PLEDGES stand out because each reaches groups, which multiplies the impact. We have more power in groups.
THE YOUNG PERSON WHO
- will try to influence at least five friends to buy only recycled/vintage clothes.
- will encourage his soccer coach to get kids to recycle their plastic water bottles after practice and find some way to get reusable bottles for the team.
- interviewed me about The Snowball Effect Project for her youtube video (a 10-year-old Philippino girl).
THE ADULT WHO
- will compost and prevent food waste at school and events.
- started a neighborhood environmental group and recently lobbied for Citizens’ Climate Lobby goals with her Maine senator.
- is a member of 350.org and promises to become more active now.
- will work with the local grove meant to promote green projects.
- said I am a surfer and am time-limited. I will give $300 to 4ocean.org. I like their concrete, hands-on approach.
- try to have one conversation daily about some aspect of climate change.
Scrappy’s friends, below, await new pledges. We know that 70% of carbon emissions are caused by 100 corporations. The fish forms are to remind us that we need many—millions, and more—of us small fish to be able to stand up to the big fish corporations which are not doing their part.
The fish form also represents fish! We do not want there to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
The U.S. is still the world’s biggest plastics waste polluter. It is often said that where CA goes, so goes the nation.
I am encouraged by these laws and proposed changes there.
- Over the summer, CA passed AB 793, which requires companies that produce anything from bottled water to soda and sports drinks to use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, scaling up to 50% by 2030.
- In 2022, Californians will vote on the California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which among many other improvements, would shift the increasing cost of handling non-recyclable packaging from residential ratepayers to the companies that make the products.
Thank you again for your generous participation. Let’s hope for a safe and better year.
To find out more about The Snowball Effect Project and to participate: https://thesnowballeffectproject.org/home-2/