Before global warming impacts our lives in ways we never could've imagined, it's past time we make every big and small decision necessary to help our planet survive. Earth's temperature and sea levels are rising, more and more animals are becoming extinct and endangered, and stresses on the ecosystem (droughts, storms, hurricanes, wildfires, etc.) continue to be fatal for humans and animals. The responsibility for fixing and further preventing this issue falls on the shoulder of every human on this planet- we must begin with a step, no matter how small, to make life livable for future generations to come.
Not only is styrofoam terrible for the environment, but it's also dangerous for personal health. Styrene, the chemical in styrofoam, has been linked to "cancer, vision and hearing loss, impaired memory and concentration, and nervous system effects." (saferchemicals). For students who spend an average of 12 years consuming food on this chemical in schools, their health can be at risk.
Students, our GoGreen campaign, and activists around the world are asking for schools like Bergen Arts and Science Charter School to take this necessary step in changing their styrofoam lunch trays to biodegradable or recyclable material like cardboard. Not only will this be healthier for students and staff, but it will also help fight the battle against global warming. If BASCS doesn't make this change for the better development of our world, how can we expect other schools to?