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Wednesday, June 3

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    plastic bags in December, 2008.starting June 1, 2009.
    “Your deputation at the Public Works Committee meeting in November was fabulous. In front of more than 150 people including industry leaders, lobbyists, researchers and various other stakeholders, the students of Class 6S, by far, made the best presentation. The students were well spoken, knowledgeable and very passionate on the issue.”
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    We are the Ban the Bag Brigade, the grade 6 class at The York School, who want to make the environment better by reducing the use of plastic bags.
    Ban the Bag Brigade from justin medved on Vimeo.
    We appeared twice before City Council and reached one of our goals when the City of Toronto imposed a rule requiring stores to charge 5 cents for plastic bags in December, 2008.
    “Your deputation at the Public Works Committee meeting in November was fabulous. In front of more than 150 people including industry leaders, lobbyists, researchers and various other stakeholders, the students of Class 6S, by far, made the best presentation. The students were well spoken, knowledgeable and very passionate on the issue.”
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    We are the Ban the Bag Brigade, the grade 6 class at The York School, who want to make the environment better by reducing the use of plastic bags.
    {BanTheBag_ClassWTeacher.JPG} Ban the Bag Brigade from justin medved on Vimeo.
    We appeared twice before City Council and reached one of our goals when the City of Toronto imposed a rule requiring stores to charge 5 cents for plastic bags in December, 2008.
    “Your deputation at the Public Works Committee meeting in November was fabulous. In front of more than 150 people including industry leaders, lobbyists, researchers and various other stakeholders, the students of Class 6S, by far, made the best presentation. The students were well spoken, knowledgeable and very passionate on the issue.”
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Tuesday, June 2

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Monday, May 25

  1. page Science edited ... Lots of animals have had so many bad things happen to them from plastics. Here are some of the…
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    Lots of animals have had so many bad things happen to them from plastics. Here are some of the worst ones. In August 2000 an eight meter Brydes whale died from swallowing six square meters of plastic. Its stomach was tightly packed and over 50% of it was plastic shopping bags. Two birds got caught up in a plastic bag while flying around and crashed to the ground which caused them a slow and painful die. A Ruback turtle was found with 57kg of plastic bags blocking its insides. A calf was recently put down in Mudgee NSW, it found to have eaten 8 plastic bags and, a Minke Whale was found washed up in France with 800kg of plastic bags inside it. In 1998 A pelican was found dead in Kiama, Australia after eating 17 plastic bags. The pelican was preserved and named ‘Pete’. Now he stands in front of Fitzroy Falls reminding people of his story.
    Plastic Bag Usage
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    380 billion is beingare used worldwide.
    Where Plastic Bags Come From
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    a mold. The word plastic comes from the greek plastikos, meaning able to be molded. In order to make one paper bag, 1.004 gallons of water are used. Petroleum Petroleum oil is
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    crushed by ten thousandmany tons of rocks. After many years, they turn into the petroleum oil whichAfter, people later pull them out of the ground.. It is then taken to an oil refinery where it was separated, blended, melted, extruded, and pelletized. The plastic pellets are shipped to factories who then meltground.melt and mold
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    plastic bags. If we would exchange the petroleum used to make one plastic bag for car usage instead, you would be able to drive the car for 115 metres!
    Biodegradable Bags
    True, there are plastic biodegradeble bags, but it turns out that they are just as bad, or worse for the environment as regular ones. They just contain cornstarch, which does biodegrade. When the cornstarch biodegrades, the bag disintegrates into tiny pieces which pose just as much a threat to wildlife as whole bags. Compostable bags do exist, but making them consumes a lot more water and natrual gas and give off a lot more cabon dioxide then regular plastic bags. Reusable bags are the way to go!
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    a landfill. Moreover, governments, communities and other stakeholders spend a lot of money to clean the plastic bags that are scattered on the streets. The easiest and most sensible way would be to find an alternative for plastic bags, such as cloth bags. Then there would be less to discard and less money and energy wasted on dicsarding plastic.
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    Lots of animals have had so many bad things happen to them from plastics. Here are some of the worst ones. In August 2000 an eight meter Brydes whale died from swallowing six square meters of plastic. Its stomach was tightly packed and over 50% of it was plastic shopping bags. Two birds got caught up in a plastic bag while flying around and crashed to the ground which caused them a slow and painful die. A Ruback turtle was found with 57kg of plastic bags blocking its insides. A calf was recently put down in Mudgee NSW, it found to have eaten 8 plastic bags and, a Minke Whale was found washed up in France with 800kg of plastic bags inside it. In 1998 A pelican was found dead in Kiama, Australia after eating 17 plastic bags. The pelican was preserved and named ‘Pete’. Now he stands in front of Fitzroy Falls reminding people of his story.
    Plastic Bag Usage
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    380 billion is being used worldwide. In the EU, 150 billionThese plastic bags are used. They get disposed of carelessly and there is an unbelievablethis waste represents 46,000 plastic
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    year. Also in the USA, there are 32 billionUSA uses around one tenth of the world's plastic bags used every year and only 2% of those are recycled. There are 3 thousand tons of plastic bags a year in Ontario.
    Where Plastic Bags Come From
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    be molded. In order to make one paper bag, 1.004 gallons
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    water are used in producing one paper bag. Oilused. Petroleum oil is formed
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    prehistoric plants and afterget crushed by ten thousand tons of rocks. After many years, they turnedturn into the petroleum oil which people centuries later pulledpull out of the ground. These people took itground.. It is then taken to an
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    it was Separated,separated, blended, melted, extruded, and pelletized (look it up) .pelletized. The plastic
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    into plastic products ,products, including plastic
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    acroleins, and assorted other chemicals. Even though,Unfortunately, more plastic
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    bottom of thea landfill.
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  3. page Science edited ... Lots of animals have had so many bad things happen to them from plastics. Here are some of the…
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    Lots of animals have had so many bad things happen to them from plastics. Here are some of the worst ones. In August 2000 an eight meter Brydes whale died from swallowing six square meters of plastic. Its stomach was tightly packed and over 50% of it was plastic shopping bags. Two birds got caught up in a plastic bag while flying around and crashed to the ground which caused them a slow and painful die. A Ruback turtle was found with 57kg of plastic bags blocking its insides. A calf was recently put down in Mudgee NSW, it found to have eaten 8 plastic bags and, a Minke Whale was found washed up in France with 800kg of plastic bags inside it. In 1998 A pelican was found dead in Kiama, Australia after eating 17 plastic bags. The pelican was preserved and named ‘Pete’. Now he stands in front of Fitzroy Falls reminding people of his story.
    Plastic Bag Usage
    There are 4,000,0004 billion plastic bags or 3,000 tons consumedused in Ontario
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    year and 380,000,000380 billion used worldwide. In the EU, 150,000,000150 billion plastic bags are consumed.used. They get thrown around so much thatdisposed carelessly and there is
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    There are 3,0003 thousand tons of
    Where Plastic Bags Come From
    Plastic bags are made primarily from polyethelene, which is made mostly from natural gas, a finite resource. plastic bags are formed by blow molding, which means a plastic film is blown ito a mold. The word plastic comes from the greek plastikos, meaning able to be molded. 1.004 gallons of water are used in producing one paper bag. Oil is formed when prehistoric plants and after many years, they turned into oil which people centuries later pulled out of the ground. These people took it to an oil refinery where it was Separated, blended, melted, extruded, and pelletized (look it up) . The plastic pellets are shipped to customers who melt and mold them into plastic products , including plastic bags.
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Wednesday, May 20

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    Grade 7/8 Lunch Plastics
    Shannon and I found that most Grade 7 and 8 students couldn’t care less about plastics. Many of the lunches were covered in plastic packaging including sushi, chip bags and plastic bottles. Out of 19 people with bottles only 1 person had a reusable bottle. It was also painful watching people throw out the bags and bottles they use them for 5 minutes and then into the garbage they go. The cafeteria they should stop selling plastic packaging and if they still sell plastic packaging just reduce the amount of plastic that goes into the packaging.
    Grade 5/6 lunch survey
    Things that we noticed from this graph is that there were not that many non-reusable bottles and plastic bags but there are lots of ziploc bags.
    There were also lots of tupperware and reusable bottles. What we can do is tell people to not bring ziploc bags and bring more tupperware
    containers. Ziploc bags are not bad if you wash them and then reuse them but you can't reuse them more than once. Also, we can tell
    people not to buy water at the cafeteria but to bring their own reusable water bottles or have water from the machine on the table at the side.
    Overall, the grade fives and sixes were fairly good but some had bad things that they need to work on.
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    High school lunch
    Most of the high school bought plastic bottles instead of bringing their own reusable bottles or drinking form the drinking fountain.
    They brought few Ziploc bags and for the whole high school they only bought 10 plastic bags.
    They should bring their lunches in lunch bags instead of buying plastic items in the cafeteria.
    39 plastic water bottles, 4 ziploc bags, 10 plastic bags and 2 reusable water bottles were counted and used in a 15 minute period.
    Overall, they need to be educated on all things to be able to do their part in saving the environment.
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    Grade One - Four Survey Summary - DF NK
    We wheighed the garbage outputs of the grade 1-4 students. Many results are only approximate because our scale only worked to 2000 grams. Our graph shows that on average, the 3's and 4's threw out more than the 1's and 2's. We used a scale from the science lab to weigh the garbage. We took the garbage bags out of the bins so the wheight of the bins wouldn't show up in our data. All our data is in grams.

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    age of 26.26, She graduated
    When this issue came up, Olya was working at an Environmental People Law. Environmental People Law was one of the most important environmental organizations in Ukraine. Nobody else thought that they could be successful in taking Ukraine to court over this wetland, so Olya stepped up and volunteered. Olya offered to sue for breaking laws and stop further destruction of the wetland. Olya was told that she was crazy for doing so, but she didn’t care. Especially since she was only 24 and it was her first case! Doing this was never heard of, especially in a country that used to be a part of the Soviet Union. Something even stranger was that Olya was fighting a project that had already started. Olya was greatly underestimated but she was intelligent, committed, and informed about the matter. Olya went to court over 30 times in 2005 alone. Ukraine’s lawyers were a lot older and tougher, but Olya used her being young to her advantage. Olya was accused of being a traitor, a spy, and got many death threats, but nothing stopped her.
    In the middle of the case, the Orange Revolution happened. Because of the revolution, the government trying to destroy the wetland was replaced by one that was elected into office. The new government would rule by law and this declaration helped Olya. Also, Ukraine wanted to become a part of the EU, and illegal actions were not good on the application. The first phase of construction was completed, but the rest wasn’t even started. Olya decided that the canal would be fine if it were built somewhere else that wasn’t so important. That way, our economy could thrive, and so could our environment. The next decision has not yet been made. Olya still works at EPL but she writes for a lawyer magazine and trains new lawyers. Olya is not yet 30, and she has already made a huge difference.
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    Kid #2- That’s the attitude!
    A Person: Thank you so much for watching how to be an activist. These simple steps will bring you to success, so don’t forget!
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