Founding members are Blair Brown, Julie Cloudt, Gayly Opem, Jean Payne, Don Sheets and Phil Wildfang. Joining our group more recently are Ginger Easton-Smith, John Huckabee and Ellen Kennard. We welcome anyone to join who has the commitment and interest.
Our Mission Statement is:
To reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.
Our first goal is to educate our community to the dangers of plastic, the growth of usage and the impact on our environment, ourselves and the future. We make presentations to local groups and organizations to solicit their support. To date we have received supporting endorsements from the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor, the Aransas Bird and Nature Club and the Aransas County Navigation District. We have presentations scheduled for several more groups in the coming weeks.
In an effort to educate the public,
Jean Payne helps Phil Wildfang
don the "Bag Monster" costume to
march in the Oysterfest parade
earlier this year.
(Below) Phil in the completed
final costume and Mary Ann Davis
in the gray plastic bag version.
- A free public showing of the award-winning film "Bag It"
- Collaborated with the Rockport Center for the Arts and their "Washed Ashore" Exhibition
- "Bag Monster" marched in the Oyster Fest Parade
- Hot Topic with "Bag Monsters" appearance at a Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce event
- Taking cloth bags to shop and carry items, particularly groceries.
- Instructing clerks to not give you a plastic bag.
- Carrying your own reusable “to go” mug to coffee shops and fast food restaurants.
- Carrying reusable water bottles filled by tap water and not buying water bottled in plastic.
- Encouraging your family, friends, employer and the community to do the same.
Up & Coming: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension | "Marine and Coastal Plastic Pollution," Aug 8, 6:30-8pm
The WWN would like to thank Gayly for sharing this information with the community, as well as the group for the wonderful work you are doing to educate, promote and preserve our natural resources! THANK YOU!