Girl Scouts Establish Drinking Straw Awareness Month

By Eva Barrows

Girl Scout Troop 60016 is committed to saving the ocean one plastic straw at a time. The girls are getting the word out about the destructiveness of plastic waste in the world’s oceans through their “This is the Last Straw!” initiative. The troop of twelve 5th graders presented their case against single-use plastic straw waste to the Palo Alto City Council. At the troop’s request the city has proclaimed May, Drinking Straw Awareness Month.
The troop came to Midpen Media Center to film a two-minute public service announcement for a local media blitz promoting Drinking Straw Awareness Month.

The girls had the opportunity to tour the studio and watch the production process from the control room. Each girl had a line of dialog to deliver in front of the camera. Using green screen technology images of harmful plastic waste in the ocean were contrasted against beautiful and clean natural environments.

The PSA is airing on the City of Palo Alto’s website, local cable access channels and social media. The girls ask viewers not to use plastic straws during May. Through the help of partnerships, the troop formed with local organizations like Palo Alto Zero Waste and Public Works Clean Watershed educational material and access to recyclable straws is being provided to participating area restaurants. Visit the City of Palo Alto’s Drinking Straw Awareness webpage to find resources and support to help make the switch to recyclable straws.

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 60016 for leading a very successful initiative. Fifteen restaurants and counting have already signed-up to stop using plastic straws during May. The troop’s very powerful PSA appeal effectively represents the urgency for action while providing practical solutions.
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