06/11/08 press release







Kids Lobby City Hall to Support Ban on Plastic Bags
For Immediate Release
November 6, 2008
The York School, Toronto, ON

Grade 6 students from The York School will be appearing before the City of Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at 10 a.m. on November 12, 2008, to support the City of Toronto’s proposal to ban nonrecylcable plastic bags.
They are shocked by the industry’s opposition to the City’s proposals that are appearing in newspapers.
“When I go down to the Beach I see plastic bags on the shoreline and wonder how someone’s plastic bag got there. As a child, I want to grow up in a clean environment. Adults are destroying our environment and crowding the earth with landfills. 97-99% of plastic bags are in landfills or litter. It’s our future that we’re talking about. I don’t feel it’s fair that adults make decisions without asking kids how they feel. That’s why I’m going to City Hall next Wednesday so the City will know the children of Toronto agree with them that something must be done,” said Kaily K., an 11 year old student at The York School.

“We are willing to sacrifice for our future. We don’t mind bringing our own bags to stores. Why don’t adults? Giving consumers a discount if they bring in their own cup or bag might encourage adults to stop using plastic bags! Three and a half billion bags are used in Ontario every year! I’m worried about my future and plastic bags aren’t helping it!” said Sophie F., another student.

The Grade 6 class of The York School has taken on the initiative to ban plastic bags in Toronto. They started this initiative in Grade 5 and have continued the cause because they believe they can make a difference. Their petition to ban the bag has already received 800 signatures.

“This plastic bag issue is really important to me. We the children are the future of this nation. We need a stable environment to keep this world going for us. Plastic shopping bags take about 400 years to break down, and are only used for about 20 minutes each. Honestly, do you want to leave your children a polluted world filled with things like plastic bags?” said David C.
Animals everywhere are mistaking the plastic bags for food and getting very sick or dying from doing so. Even when the plastic bags are decomposed they are still causing harm because those toxic chemicals are in the environment. The Grade 6 students support the City’s proposals as a first step to solving this problem.
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For further information, or to interview the Grade 6 students at The York School, contact:
Harriet Simand, Grade 6 teacher
The York School, 1320 Yonge St. Toronto
416-926-1325 ext 1197
harriet_simand@tys.on.ca

The grade 6 students will be presenting their deputation at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at:
Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor,
Toronto City Hall
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee



20/04/09 press release




For Immediate Release

April 20, 2009
The York School, Toronto, ON



On April 23, 2009 the Grade six class at The York School, a.k.a. the Ban the Bag Brigade, will hear if they are the grand winner of the Toronto Youth Green Award. The ceremony takes place at the Direct Energy Center, 7:00 p.m. which kicks off the 2009 Green Living Show. They were nominated for their initiative to ban the notorious plastic bag. Four billion plastic bags are used in Ontario each year. Sabrina Leon Landegger, a student from the class, said, “I’m very excited for the Green Awards because our work has paid off. I really think we have a chance at winning.” Another classmate, Noah Klein said passionately, “The Green Toronto Awards has been a great experience for us and we, the Ban the Bag Brigade, are honoured and extremely excited to be one of the three finalists.”

Referring to their deputation to ban plastic bags, Chairperson Glenn de Baeremaeker said that, “Your deputation at the Public Works Committee meeting in November was fabulous.” Since then, the students have been filming a documentary that they hope to distribute to other Toronto students on how kids can organize their own environmental campaign. They are hoping to speak to other schools to tell the tale of their eventful plastic bag journey.

For further information, or to interview the Grade 6 students at The York School, contact:
Harriet Simand, Grade 6 teacher
The York School,
1320 Yonge St., Toronto

416-926-1325 ext 1197


harriet_simand@tys.on.ca