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One More Generation, One Less Straw

March 22, 2017

One More Generation, One Less Straw

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Olivia Ries Olivia Ries

In order to save our endangered species, we have to protect the planet on which they live. At my organization, One More Generation (OMG), our goal is to help save these animals and our environment for at least one more generation and beyond.

At OMG, we have recently launched a new initiative called the OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign to get people to reduce the amount of plastic straws they use – an action that will help to protect sea turtles, sea birds, and countless other marine animals (above, a harbor seal). They are harmful because it is estimated that each year over 100,000 marine animals and over 1 million sea birds die from ingesting plastic. By signing the pledge, you agree to not use plastic straws for 30 days, and instead use alternatives like paper, metal, glass, or bamboo straws.

One of the many reasons we are doing this is because in America alone, we use over 500 million plastic straws every single day. Restaurants can also join our campaign by promising to only hand out straws upon request. We even have cool campaign buttons that are free to for those that join.

This is just one of the many things we are doing to help wildlife and our world. And remember that anybody can make a difference. If we can, you can, too.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is International Day of the Seal. Help keep their marine homes safe from the impacts of plastic pollution including straws.

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