JANUARY 2020 — This month, we’re kicking off a new charity bingo series called Do Good Bingo, a monthly installment of bingo events benefiting a rotation of local change-maker organizations each month.
To kick things off, we’re partnering with our friends at the Shedd Aquarium Wednesday, January 29, coming in to teach bingo-goers about the single-use plastic initiatives they’re spearheading and how you can get involved in cleaning up our waterways and preserving the aquatic life that call them home.
Plastic pollution is responsible for 22 million pounds of waste that enters our Great Lakes waterways each year, contaminating the source of drinking water for millions of Chicagoans and ecosystems for millions of wildlife. In 2019 in the Chicago area alone, nearly 6,000 Adopt-a-Beach volunteers cleaned up 14,549 pounds of litter at 222 cleanup events on Chicago beaches. Roughly 80% of that litter cleaned up was made up entirely or partly of plastic.
The Shedd has been working closely with city officials to tackle this problem head-on, announcing January 15, 2020 alongside Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) the introduction of the “Plastic-Free Water Ordinance” to reduce plastic pollution by eliminating significant sources of single-use plastic in Chicago, keeping drinking water clean and ecosystems healthy. What’s more, Shedd has been working to develop a new restaurant engagement program to provide resources, support, and incentive for reducing single-use plastics in foodservice operations, which launches in March.
HOW DO YOU FIT IN?
When you visit the Chicago Athletic Association, you’re already one step ahead in helping reduce plastic waste. As of April 22, 2018, we stopped sucking — and by that, we mean we ditched all plastic straws throughout our entire building in favor of only eco-friendly compostable paper straws available upon request. We joined Lonely Whale in their mission of reducing the 8-12 million metric tons of plastic scientists estimate enter the ocean each year, starting with the single-use plastic straw.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
In addition to joining us for the first installment of Do Good Bingo: Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 – 7:30 PM, you can tip the scales in favor of fish! Find and contact your elected official’s office to let them know that tackling plastic waste needs to be a priority.