Working to reduce plastic pollution

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We are a group of local Rhinebeck teenagers starting a movement to curb plastic pollution. We talk to local restaurants and have them sign a contract that they will not give out straws unless requested by the customer. So far we have gained the support of several local restaurants including Aba's Falafel, Samuel's, Beekman Arms, Bread Alone, and Terrapin. Straws are just the beginning! We hope to continue to gain support and eventually move towards eliminating all forms of one use plastics in restaurants. Our group was co founded Stony Brook University student Kellianne Ticcony and Rhinebeck High School students Katie Hall and Marian Decker.


"There will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050"

Ellen MacArthur

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Kellianne is a freshman at Stony Brook University in Long Island, where she is a double major in Marine Vertebrate Biology and Sustainability Studies. She works in the office of sustainability at Stony Brook University as the Sustainability Project Coordinator. Kellianne is the co-founder of The Last Straw and founder of the Stony Brook University Climate Strike Coalition. She also shows her commitment to climate justice by her positions as President Sunrise Movement hub at Stony Brook, Director of Social Media for NY Youth Climate Leaders, and Social Media Coordinator for Extinction Rebellion Youth Hudson Valley. She is also a committed member of the Student Climate Coalition, Hudson Valley Wild, and The Village of Rhinebeck Climate Smart Community Task Force along with other environmental and marine science clubs at Stony Brook University.

Upcoming Events
The Last Straw Protest
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Join us in a protest in the village of Rhinebeck to spread awareness on the effects of plastic pollution! Time and location TBD
Clean Energy Expo
Sun, Oct 06
Oct 06, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY, USA
We will have a table set up at the Clean Energy Expo in Rhinebeck on October 6th from 10am-2pm. We will be set up right in front of Cinnamon. Come stop by and learn more about our movement and how you can reduce plastic waste.



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