As part of the University’s Earth Week activities, the UC San Diego Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG) will host a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary Bag It on Thursday, April 18th from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. in the Geisel Library’s Seuss Room. Also during Earth Week the Library is presenting an exhibit, “Living Sustainably,” at the Biomedical Library building.
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. Two of the most common plastic additives are endocrine disruptors, which have been shown to link to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity and infertility.
In addition to the screening, a raffle of reusable and eco-conscious items will take place. Before and after the screening, a representative of San Diego Coastkeeper will provide information about their organization and popular volunteer activities. San Diego Coastkeeper is a local non-profit working to protect and restore swimmable, fishable, and drinkable water in San Diego County. Learn more at http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org/
The screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so arriving early is suggested. For more information about the film go to: http://www.bagitmovie.com/
Also for Earth Week, the Library is presenting “Living Sustainably,” an exhibit at the Biomedical Library building featuring a comparison of reusable items vs. “one-time use disposables and displays with information about drought tolerant plants as well as the benefits of composting, worm farming, eco-design, aquaponics, air plants, and more.
The exhibit is a collaboration of the Biomedical Library, the Library’s ESG group, and Roger’s Community Garden—a student-run garden on campus—and San Diego Coastkeeper. Roger’s Community Garden aims to “show the path to diversity through sustainable gardening and composting, co-mingled with the ease and beauty of drought-tolerant landscaping."
For more information about Earth Week 2013, which will be celebrated on campus from April 17-24, 2013, visit: http://earthweek.ucsd.edu/
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