Skip The Straw Challenge Starts

CARE for the Cape and Islands is hosting an evening of ocean plastics awareness on Wednesday, October 24, from 5 to 7 PM at Cape Cod Community College. The college is at 2240 Iyannough Road in West Barnstable.

The program will feature student films exploring problem-solving in the region’s Blue economy. The documentary “Straws,” a locally produced Skip the Straw film about students’ taking action against plastics in the ocean, will be screened. Student films about their work with regional STEM-rich institutions will also be shown, followed by a discussion. The evening is part of Cape Cod & Islands STEM Week.

A variety of local nonprofit environmental organizations including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Stellwagen Bank, Atlantic Shark Conservancy, and Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids will share materials related to plastic pollution and display art connected to the subject as part of the event.

Students, schools and businesses are asked to accept the challenge to say no to plastic straws, (and other single-use plastic items such as silverware, beverage bottles) for one week (October 21 to 27) to help raise awareness of plastic pollution, in conjunction with the event.

It is estimated that 500 million straws are used daily in the US alone. Plastic straws, caps, food wrappers, beverage containers and cigarette butts are among the top 10 items found during beach cleanups. Many of these items can take 400 or more years to degrade, causing harm to marine life and human health.