Guam - Showing you're never too young to effectuate change, the John F. Kennedy Freshmen Academy hope its effort to go green set a wave in motion in eliminating the use of plastic bags. With several signs in hand, over 100 Islanders organized a "Ban the Bag" wave last Friday in front of their Upper Tumon campus.
"It's the Freshman Academy Chelu Team," said class representative Michael Murphy. "And we want to get the idea out to get rid of non-biodegradable plastic bags because they pollute our island and our oceans." Murphy says plastic bags not only affect our environment but also impact marine life, natural resources, tourism and the economy. "It's a very big effort here, we're making a big effort here and it's part of our service learning for our class and we put a lot of hard work into it. We might even put in a law or a bill to ban the bag."
The bill they're putting together and plan on forwarding to lawmakers in fact already has 1,800 signatures from adults supporting the intent. He says in addition to its impact, the measure will also explain the alternatives to plastic bags and other countries that have implemented similar legislation. Murphy says the wave, the bill and other efforts is thanks in part to their biology teacher Dan Crytser and says to expect more in the future.
"And we think it's a good idea to make this stronger and have the coming classes to take part, too," he said.