Plastic Awareness Coalition

PAC Members 07-18-14

Polar EclipseWell, we did it.  On Carter’s 10th birthday (Feb-22nd 2011) we officially launched our Plastic Awareness Coalition and we now have over 80 amazing organizations who have joined us in our efforts.

A few of our newest coalition members are the folks from, Plastic Pollution CoalitionMY ECOSustainable Business ToolkitPolar EclipseLifeWithoutPlasticThe Dolphin ProjectThe Green GarmentoEarth ForceRocket 21The Conscious Ocean ProjectDrifters ProjectUnheard VoicesAtlanta CARESEarthEcho International, Be Straw FreeThe TerraMar Project and GlassDharma who will be supporting OMG as we move forward with bringing our educational awareness programs to communities across the country.

After we returned from delivering the Animal Rescue Supplies we collected to help out with the oil spill in the Gulf, we started to realize that it was not enough to just fight to help save endangered species, we also needed to look at ways we could help clean up our environment (since they basically go hand in hand).

As we educated ourselves as to some of the bigger problems, we learned that plastic is the number one pollutant item in our oceans and waterways. We also learned that over 1-million birds and over 100,000 marine animals die each year from ingesting plastic. Sea Turtles and Sea Birds often mistake plastic bags floating in the oceans and on the beaches as jellyfish and end up dying from eating them. Armed with what we have learned, we decided to launch our Plastic Awareness Coalition.

We have purchased the movie rights to show the Bag-It Movie and we partnered with the founder of Chico Bags and now have the famous Bag Monster Costume which we use at all public engagements. We debuted the Bag Monster at the Atlanta Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation Fundraiser last year and we haven’t stopped since.  We have been invited to numerous church groups including the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church to help get their members to pledge to be Plastic Free for Lent… What a great concept ;-)

The Atlanta debut of the Bag-It Movie was held at GA Tech Institute on April 18th 2011 during their Earth Week celebration and we are always looking for more opportunities to show other communities the movie as well.  If you are interested in booking a viewing, please let us know.

Since starting the coalition we have partnered numerous local, national and even international organizations so we can raise awareness to the problem plastic pollution is causing to our environment and to endangered species.  Our goal is not to dictate to communities that they have to Ban plastic bags or even enact a Fee program.  Our goal is to help educate communities about the issues of Plastic Pollution and help each community find the best solution that will work for them.  There are many voluntary programs that communities can devise which will still allow each person to decide for themselves how they want to make a difference.

The Plastic Awareness Coalition offers our coalition partners many benefits and services. There are no annual dues or obligations. The goal with the coalition is to show communities, community leaders and other officials the amount of support we have for trying to find a solution.  We encourage feedback from all our partners to help us best educate communities about the issue so we can help them find a solution that will work best for them.  We also gladly accept voluntary contributions to help us continue our work and encourage our partners to help us spread the word about how their friends and fans can also get involved.

All coalition members will receive our Plastic Awareness Coalition widget which we ask everyone to place on their website so everyone knows they support the initiative and so their fans can learn more how they too can get involved:



Here is a list of the key organizations who have also joined our “Plastic Awareness Coalition“.  Organizations are listed in accordance to when they joined.

GA Tech Surf Club

Atlanta Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Environmental Committee, Atlanta

Center for Biological Diversity

Chico Bags and the Bag Monster

ConservingNow

Cochran Mill Nature Center

ISFoundation / Defenders & Warriors 2011

US Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter

GEORGIA TECH THINK GREEN WEEK 2011

Ocean Revolution / LiveBlue

Cool People Care

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers

Sierra Club / GreenHome

Earth Covenant Ministry

Fayetteville First United Methodist Church

1 BAG AT A TIME®

IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions)

Project GreenBags

Southeast Green

Storm Water Systems, Inc.

Earthrace Conservation

TwoHandsProject

Greener Upon Thames

Turtle Island Adventures Inc.

The Know Better Effect

Surfrider Foundation Rise Above Plastics

Sophia Academy

Stop Littering

Eco-Action

First Here, Then Everywhere

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots South Africa

Recycle Across America™

The Green Schools National Conference

The Green Schools Alliance

Rethink the Bag

Plastics SA (South Africa) Clean-Up South Africa

Bennu

Eco-Products

Saving the Oceans for Our Children

iMatter Movement

The 5 Gyres Institute

The Captain Planet Foundation

Engaging Press/Engaging Every Student

Two Oceans Aquarium

Ashmore Carey Co.

Get Milkshake/Milkshake Kids

Keep Roswell Beautiful

Kids Go Eco

The Florida Aquarium

Sullie The Seagull

GlassDharma

Sierra Club Georgia Chapter

Dance 4 Oceans

Greening Forward

Orion School in Atlanta

SP Recycling Corp

Environmental Education North Fulton

Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc.

Project Blue Hope

The Ocean Project

The Chirping Birds Society

Coastal Conservation League

The TerraMar Project

Be Straw Free

EarthEcho International

Atlanta CARES

Unheard Voices

Drifters Project

The Conscious Ocean Project

Rocket 21

Earth Force

The Green Garmento

The Dolphin Project

LifeWithoutPlastic

Polar Eclipse

Sustainable Business Toolkit

MY ECO

Plastic Pollution Coalition

We have also reached out to various retailers such as Game-Stop, Chick-fil-A, and O’Charlies Restaurants in an effort to help them find solutions to the amount of plastic and styrofoam they use each year.  Our initial meetings have gone great and we hope to post some good news in the coming weeks.  We welcome any and all organizations and retailers to join our coalition as well.

Carter and Olivia were guest speakers at the Caring for Creation 2011, 2012 Conference at Lake Junaluska, NC and were invited back again this year in an effort to help even even more congregations find ways they can get involved with making a difference.

We created our Plastic and Recycling Awareness Week curriculum program which we teach to elementary schools across the country.  Our program is now available to schools nationwide and we welcome every opportunity to reach out to speak to kids about how they too can make simple changes at home that will dramatically help reduce their communities plastic trash consumption.

We are so proud of all the hard work Carter and Olivia are doing with their organization, and we are equally proud of all the support we have received so far with this initiative from our coalition members and from the various communities.  If you would like to have the OMG team and the Bag Monster show up at your event, or if you too would like to join the coalition, please send us an email.  We would love to have you onboard.

Best regards from the entire OMG Team ;-)

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