SALEM, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown will officially proclaim Thursday as “Rise Above Plastic Pollution Day” at the Oregon State Capitol.
The event is co-hosted by a number of environmental groups and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., students from all over the state will be able to tour plastic education stations to learn about pollution and what Oregonians are doing about it. Students will also meet with state legislators to discuss the issue.
“Aquarium staff, volunteers, doctoral students and a ‘plastic bag monster’ will present at our station about the effects of plastic on Oregon coast wildlife and ecosystems,” said Kerry Carlin-Morgan, who is the director of education and volunteer services at the aquarium. “Our youth volunteers will be there to show how they’re testing different methods for cleaning microplastics off the beach.”
Two environmental committees in the Oregon Legislature will be hosting a panel of experts at 1 p.m.
The general public will be able to tour the stations from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors and legislators will have an opportunity to take a pledge to reduce their use of single-use plastics.
The Rise Above Plastics campaign is a national initiative to reduce the impact of plastic in the ocean by raising awareness.