Our February Bag Heroes are TAMU-CC’s Islander Green Team. Students on the team work to spread environmental awareness in our community and to promote opportunities for other students to become engaged about environmental conservation while striving for social and ecological justice. Islander Green Team members bring their own reusable bags when heading to the store. In their own words, “We choose to skip the plastic because….plastic is unsustainable.”
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We’re pleased to announce our first Bag Hero for 2017, Stacie Talbert Anaya. As Interim Director of Corpus Christi’s Parks & Recreation Department, she works tirelessly to realize the department’s vision of empowering our community to live, learn and play. Whether residents and tourists enjoy walking on the beach, seeing a summer evening concert at Cole Park or strolling through wetlands to watch wildlife and birds in the country’s “Birdiest City”, Stacie knows that their experiences are heightened when the parks are clean and attractive.
Setting a great example for fellow City employees and all Corpus Christi residents, Stacie says, “I carry reusable bags to help promote my favorite non-profits AND to protect our parks, preserves and wildlife from plastic bags.”
Our December Bag Hero is none other than Santa Claus. In his travels from the North Pole to the South Pole, he has seen way too much plastic trash.
He says “I’m making a list, checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Be nice and use your reusable shopping bags.”
Our November Bag Hero, Jeff Wilson, is passionate about the coast and hosting fun weekend beach cleanups near Fish Pass. Without any assistance from official cleanup groups, he gathers and inspires volunteers who give their time and pour their sweat into removing tons of trash off the beach. Most of that trash is made of plastic since it does not readily biodegrade, and single-use checkout bags are invariably in the mix.
When asked what motivates him, Jeff says, “We’re all just trying to take care of what we love, and it really drives the point home when you clean up an area and see everything that winds up out in nature. I really encourage people to just do what they can and don’t wait around for someone else to make the world a beautiful place.”
Our October Bag Heroes are Dustin and Nicole Pringle. With backgrounds in environmental consulting and marine research, they understand that a healthy future for our coastal environment depends largely on human choices. One simple but important change they have made in their daily lives is to bring reusable bags when heading to the store.
“Marine animals like green sea turtles enjoy eating jellyfish. Unfortunately, they can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and end up malnourished or dying. One thing we all can do to help the turtles is bring our own reusable bags! Together WE can make a difference.”