Friday, July 1, 2011

"Bag It" comes to Dutchess County as part of Watershed Awareness Month

Date: Thursday, July 7th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, MillbrookNY

The Dutchess Watershed Coalition is hosting a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary Bag ItThursday, July 7th at 7:00pm at the Farm and Home Center in MillbrookNY as part of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month.  This will be the first screening of the 2010 documentary hosted in Dutchess County and the surrounding area.

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. The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve 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 our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too.

At the film screening, Girl Scout Troop 10205 from Hyde Park will be on hand to discuss their gift card recycling project and how the community can get involved.

Bag It is one of three films being shown on Thursdays throughout July as part of the Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month film series. Carbon Nation a documentary examining solutions to global climate change will be shown on July 14th at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion in PoughkeepsieGasland, a timely documentary on the surprising consequences of natural gas drilling, will be shown on July 21st at the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park in the Town of Pawling. All WAM film screenings are free, open to the public, begin at 7pm and will have light refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about WAM or the film screening, contact Carolyn Klocker at 845-677-8223, ext. 135

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