3-Legged Frog presents . . . “What’s With All This Plastic?”: An Eco-Series

Some of you have already seen the “Bottle Buyology” exhibit in the T-Building Skyway by the windows. Our club was able to borrow it from the MN Pollution Control Agency to show, in a very tangible way, how many plastic bottles are used in Minnesota in just under 3 minutes, with only 24% of them being recycled. This exhibit, previously displayed at the 2012 State Fair’s Eco-Experience Building, is the kick-off for next week’s eco-series, “What’s With All This Plastic?”.

We are featuring 2 movies (Tuesday, 11/13 and Thursday, 11/15) and 1 presentation (Wed., 11/14), as described below. Please announce these events to your students and post the information on your D2L sites. We also hope to see you there for some of the events!

PLEASE NOTE: Some faculty have offered extra credit for similar events in the past, and many students have benefited from the various events and student-led discussions. Please consider offering this option to your students.

Many thanks,

Cathy Geist (on behalf of the Three-legged Frog Environmental Club)


  • Nov. 5 – Dec. 5“Bottle Buyology” exhibit
    Three-Legged Frog will be displaying a section of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s “Bottle Buyology” exhibit in the T-Building Skyway. This display was a part of the MN State Fair’s Eco-Experience Building and highlights the number of plastic bottles used in MN, the limited number of bottles that are recycled, and their impacts.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: Movie Screening – “Tapped”                                                                            TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 PM in L-3400
    Back by popular demand! This movie explores the ethical, economic, environmental, social, and health related consequences of bottled water. Discussion will follow the movie.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: America’s Arctic: Oil for Plastic and Fuel – or Wilderness?                         (Lois  Norrgard, Upper Midwest Field Staff, Alaska Wilderness League – presentation, film, and discussion)
    TIME: 5:00 – 8:00PM in H.1002 (Multi-Purpose Room)

We are all connected to this wondrous and fragile region. The Arctic is alive, and it is all around us. Every year, birds that begin their lives in the Arctic journey to all 50 states and across six continents, before heading back to the Arctic where the cycle of life begins again.                                                                                                                                                       America’s Arctic is one of our nation’s great natural treasures. This dynamic intact ecosystem is home to polar bears, caribou, walrus, seals, whales and much, much more. Yet, industrialization has put all this at risk. America’s Arctic is so much more than the world’s gas tank. Come hear about this amazing place and celebrate the natural connection we all have with America’s Arctic region and what we can all do to pass this unique place on to future  generations.

We will also be showing the beautiful film,Voice from the North, a documentary about the Gwich’in Nation of Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada and their reliance on the Porcupine caribou herd to meet the nutritional, cultural and spiritual needs of their people. The film captures the spectacular scenery of the Brooks Range and the Coastal Plain, and the caribou migration, with pictures and voices of the Gwich’in people.

We will follow the film with a short presentation on the latest information about the  Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and updates on other important, special places in Alaska – the Arctic Ocean and the Western Arctic Reserve (or National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska).

  • Thursday Nov. 15: Movie Screening: “Bag It”
    TIME: 10:30AM – 1:00PM in H-1002 (Multi-Purpose Room)
    What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be. (from Bag It website) Discussion will follow the movie.
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