Self-Produced Campaign Video to Screen at Teaneck International Film Festival
Teaneck Cadette Girl Scout Troop 19 is launching a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags in Teaneck. As part of the campaign, the troop is showing a self-produced video called Every Bag Counts to classmates, teachers, parents, and friends, and at the Teaneck International Film Festival, November 7-9, 2014. The troop is also collecting signatures for a petition with the goal of persuading the Town Council to ban, or charge money for using, plastic bags in Teaneck.
"A lot of people don't know that plastic bags kill wildlife!" says Troop 19 member Jordan Sobers. In Teaneck, plastic bags end up in the Hackensack River, which borders the town on the west side and wildlife mistake the plastic for food and get tangled in the bags. The plastic pollutes the water and ends up in the Atlantic Ocean by way of Newark Bay.
Troop 19 earned its Bronze Award for educating customers at Teaneck's Stop and Shop store about plastic bag pollution. The Scouts also handed out re-usable totes provided by the nonprofit Bergen County Clean Communities. “It was really fun and I think we persuaded some people to stop using plastic bags,” said Olivia Kearny. The troop’s four-minute video, which will be shown with a number of films at TIFF, tells the story of the troop’s campaign.
"The work these Scouts are doing is just tremendous," said Captain Hugh Carola, Hackensack Riverkeeper Program Director, and the father of two Eagle Scouts. "They have reached out to their community with a simple, yet important, message about taking responsibility for the environmental health of their town, their river, and their planet." The Hackensack Riverkeeper is the sponsor of the Troop 19 film at TIFF.
"We wanted to make a video that was fun to watch so people would want to help," said Cadette Ella Myers.
According to TIFF Executive Director Jeremy Lentz, “They have certainly succeeded!
Every Bag Counts is important and fun to watch, and is a worthy addition to our roster. We are proud to see young people getting involved, taking a stand on issues that are important to them, and continuing the Teaneck and TIFF tradition of activism.”
For information and updates about the Troop 19 film and all TIFF 2014 programs, go to www.teaneckfilmfestival.org.
For information about TEANECK FILM FESTIVAL: Judy Distler, [email protected]
For information about Hackensack RiverKeeper: Captain Hugh Carola, Program Director. - [email protected], 201-968-0808