Here’s a short report from the Ithaca Journal on the club’s activities:
ITHACA — Kalle Brinnell, 5, of Ithaca, is worried about the turtles. All the plastic floating in the ocean affects them, she said, so she decided to do something about it.
She started the Plastic Hurts Club and she and the other five members: Ana Malina Ramanujan, 13; Kalyani Ramanujan, 9; Ruth Okue, 10; Flossie Martell-Glennon, 5; and Noe Beers-Sancho, 4, all from Ithaca, are hoping to “imprint upon everyone what plastic does to the world, and how to affect change,” they said in a written statement.
On Monday, the Plastic Hurts Club will present a letter to Mayor Svante Myrick in a plea for him to ban the use of plastic bags. In the letter to the mayor, the club wrote, “When grocery shopping, we should bring our own cloth bags.”
These kids are living by the words they write. They made cloth shopping bags to sell to their families in order to raise the $50 registration fee to add Plastic Hurts Club to the network of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.
The kids hope Ithaca will reduce their plastic bag use and avoid contributing to the plastic in the ocean.