FC Cincinnati Joins Newport Aquarium, WAVE Foundation for Plastic Bag Collection
CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati have partnered with Newport Aquarium and its not-for-profit arm, WAVE Foundation, to drive awareness, attention and action around Earth Day 2019.
Together, FC Cincinnati will join Newport Aquarium and WAVE Foundation in a two-week-long, plastic bag drive in the Queen City.
FCC fans can bring single-use plastic bags - like those distributed by grocery and retail stores - to the team's matches at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, April 7, and Friday, April 19, where collections will be taken at the entry gates.
Additionally, Newport Aquarium is collecting plastic bags on-site through Sunday, April 21.
On Earth Day - Monday, April 22 - all three organizations will come together at Newport Aquarium for a special public event to demonstrate the impact the bag collection will have on local Cincinnati-area waterways and its wildlife, and at a larger scale in oceans.
Following the demonstration, the collected bags will be donated to Shari the Bag Lady and students at local schools and after-school programs, who will repurpose the bags into useful items, including sleeping mats for the area's homeless community.
MLS WORKS Greener Goals Week of Service
The Cincinnati-area plastic bag collection is just one element of FC Cincinnati's participation in MLS WORKS' Greener Goals Week of Service, which will bring together teams, club staff and fans and supporters in every MLS city to improve the greater community.
Major League Soccer's charitable arm, MLS WORKS oversees the league's philanthropic efforts.
In addition to the plastic bag collection, FC Cincinnati's Greener Goals Week of Service will also include a West End neighborhood clean-up project on Monday, April 15, in conjunction with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
The following day on Tuesday, April 16, the team will participate in a home refurbishment project in the West End in partnership with People Working Cooperatively.
FC Cincinnati's players, staff and community members will come together for all of the team's Greener Goals Week of Service Projects. Fans can volunteer at either event by registering at fccincinnati.com/greenergoals.
"MLS WORKS' Greener Goals initiative provides the perfect opportunity to partner with the Newport Aquarium and the WAVE Foundation to bring awareness to the damaging impact plastic can have on the environment," Kate Solomon, FC Cincinnati Vice President of Community Relations, said. "We hope our fans will help make an immediate impact on our local waterways by collecting their plastic bags and donating them at our home games at Nippert Stadium in April. Every bag we're able to collect is one less bag polluting and hurting our local water sources."
Why Plastic Bags?
Plastic bags that are not disposed of properly pose a tremendous hazard to marine life and water quality.
Sea creatures, specifically turtles, can often mistake plastic bags floating in water for one of its primary food sources: jellyfish. A recent Environmental Protection Agency report noted that 50 percent of sea turtles found dead had plastic bags in their digestive tracts. This phenomenon leaves them buoyant and unable to dive for food, leading to death by starvation.
"A sea of change is underway, and people want to do their part to ensure the future of our ocean animals," said Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium Executive Director. "Eliminating our reliance on single-use plastic items such as plastic bags is a great first step. Our hope is people will start thinking and talking about ways they can make simple changes to help protect our ocean ecosystems and all the animals that live there. If everyone does their part, we can make a meaningful impact."
Other animals also mistakenly eat floating plastic bags, and can also get caught up in the plastic, restricting their movement and often leading to injury or even death.
Once consumed by marine life, chemicals in the plastic bags have also led to genetic mutations and changes in various animals, making their species' survival difficult.
• Discuss this story on the Major League Soccer message board...
Major League Soccer Stories from March 22, 2019
- Houston Dynamo Loan Four Players to RGV FC for Weekend Clash in West Texas - Houston Dynamo
- LAFC Kicks off Local Broadcasts on March 23 with Games on YouTube TV and KVMD - Los Angeles FC
- MLS Issues Disciplinary Committee Decisions - MLS
- Toronto FC & Van der Wiel Part Ways by Mutual Consent - Toronto FC
- Game Preview: New England Revolution vs. FC Cincinnati - New England Revolution
- LAFC Hosts Real Salt Lake on Saturday Night - Los Angeles FC
- Columbus Crew SC Travels to Face the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium Tomorrow - Columbus Crew SC
- Real Salt Lake Caps Two-Match Road Swing Saturday at LAFC - Real Salt Lake
- FC Dallas Hosts Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium - FC Dallas
- FC Cincinnati Joins Newport Aquarium, WAVE Foundation for Plastic Bag Collection - FC Cincinnati
- Columbus Crew SC Sends Forward Edward Opoku on Loan - Columbus Crew SC
- Audi Field Named as Host Venue for Week 6 Premier League Lacrosse Games - D.C. United
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent FC Cincinnati Stories
- FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: October 14, 2019
- "Spend to Save" at FC Cincinnati Shop this week
- FC Cincinnati to Hold Warehouse Sale Next Week
- Bertone, Tyton nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Goal and Save of the Year
- FC Cincinnati Announce Roster Decisions for the 2020 Season