Panelists photo at the Reduce Plastic Seminar in Brooklyn.

ASEZ WAO Take Action to Reduce Plastic Seminar in Brooklyn

On December 5, ASEZ WAO volunteers (Save the Earth from A to Z, We Are One) held their Take Action to Reduce Plastic Seminar at the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The seminar included guest speakers Xin Feng, Sustainable Development Officer from the Division for SDGs at the United Nations, and New York City Council Member Antonio Reynoso of the 34th District. They spoke about single-use plastic and discussed new methods for boosting the borough’s sustainable practices. Moreover, they had a panel discussion about alternatives to single-use plastics.

Panelists talking at the Reduce Plastic Seminar in Brooklyn.

Raising Awareness and Taking Action

The event began with ASEZ WAO’s “Take Action to Reduce Plastic” presentation. It explained the negative effects of plastic on the environment over the years. Statistics show that 90.5% of plastic waste from 1950 to 2015 has not been recycled. The presentation also provided an example of researchers who found a whale with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. Because of the effects of single-use plastic, ASEZ WAO young adults decided to raise awareness and take action.

Xin Feng, Sustainable Development Officer, speaking at ASEZ WAO's Brooklyn seminar

Xin Feng from the United Nations explained, “Plastic has become one of the largest environmental threats in the world. Plastic particles can be transferred to the food chain.”

Many know Council Member Reynoso for his strong voice when it comes to environmental issues. He is proactive in discussing plastic reduction. “I feel good, because you’re going to make a difference, not the people at the top right now,” he said.

Rachel Atcheson, Deputy Strategist for the Brooklyn Borough President, speaking at the seminar.
Rachel Atcheson, Deputy Strategist for the Brooklyn Borough President, speaking at the seminar.
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NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso speaking at the seminar.

Panelists discussed topics specific to their field of interest. For example, they spoke about microplastics’ effect on wastewater and methods for improving sustainability. They also discussed policy making and their experiences on changes that have been made in their industry. “To reduce plastic, that requires behavioral change,” mentioned Dr. Kartik Chandran, a professor at Columbia University, during the discussion.

By hosting events that raise the awareness on the effects of plastic, ASEZ WAO volunteers hope that it sparks action in the members of the community not only in Brooklyn, but all throughout New York City.

Panelists talking at the Reduce Plastic Seminar in Brooklyn.
Panelists talking at the Reduce Plastic Seminar in Brooklyn.

Uniting to Make a Change

At the conclusion of the event, the Brooklyn Borough president issued ASEZ WAO a proclamation. Furthermore, he declared December 5 “ASEZ WAO Day” throughout Brooklyn. As a result, the volunteers hope that residents in the New York City area become more aware about the negative impact of plastic on our environment.

Group photo at the Reduce Plastic Seminar in Brooklyn.

ASEZ WAO is an international volunteer group of young working professionals from the World Mission Society Church of God. They consist of members from more than 7,000 churches in 175 countries around the world. Moreover, volunteers actively participate in working towards the achievement of the Global Goals (SDGs) for all mankind to enjoy peace, safety, equality, and environmental sustainability. Contact us to learn more about volunteering with ASEZ WAO.

33 thoughts on “ASEZ WAO Take Action to Reduce Plastic Seminar in Brooklyn”

  1. It is awesome to see a noteworthy organization like ASEZ WAO uniting leaders in an effort to reduce plastic.
    This aligns extremely well with multiple SDGs
    #6 Clean water and sanitation
    #11 Sustainable cities and communities
    #13 Climate Action
    #14 Life below water
    #15 Life on Land
    #17 Partnerships for the goals
    Great job👍😀

  2. Americo Imperatore

    Wow, this is really great to see- I am sure that this event had a big impact on the community.
    Great job ASEZ Volunteers! We are so happy to see your continuous hard work!

  3. During these tough times I’m thankful to see young people who have put others first. I hope to see more of this good news in the near future. Great job!

  4. I am all in for global peace, happiness, environmental sustainability. I think it’s great to raise awareness about these matters in efforts to help preserve our world and how each person can participate.

  5. These types of meaningful events are so needed right now. Without such organizations as ASEZ WAO working to bring this issue to light I wouldn’t wake up to realize major changes need to take place. Seeing the surprising statistic that 90.5% of plastics not being recycled over decades helps me to realize that my personal, day-to-day habits need to change. Keep it up ASEZ WAO, the more events there are like this, the more everyone can make the collective effort needed to have an impact.

  6. Wow! This event looks spectacular ASEZ WAO is very active and always makes effort to make the world a better place.

  7. This is a great way to open up communication with our leaders and also to educate the community on how to best handle day-to-day methods of reducing plastic waste. Great work!

  8. ASEZ WAO ! Thank you for all your efforts not only in New York City but all around the world ! With diligent people who care about our environment as much as you do this world will have a bright future ! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ! Keep up the amazing work

  9. It is so great to see a group of young adults making a change. Many of these issues go unnoticed but it is comforting to see that there are people who care about the wellbeing of the Earth and those who live on it. Thank you ASEZ WAO!

  10. It’s so great to see young people leading the way in raising awareness on such a big issue. I like that the ASEZ members bring up practical solutions and actionable steps that many can easily take to make a big difference. It’s really impressive, I will personally start to implement many of the changes they suggested into my life like using a refillable water bottle instead of using 1 time use plastic ones, and using reusable shopping bags instead of the 1 time use plastic ones in most stores.

  11. Reading this article reminded me of a stat I read about there being a collection of garbage off the California coast that’s twice the size of Texas, with the main contributor being plastic waste. Once again, way to recognize this threat to the global ecosystem and take action to fix this problem. Awesome work ASEZ WAO!

  12. It’s so great to see young people leading the way in raising awareness on such a big issue. I like that the ASEZ members bring up practical solutions and actionable steps that many can easily take to make a big difference. It’s really impressive, I will personally start to implement many of the changes they suggested into my life like using a refillable water bottle instead of using 1 time use plastic ones, and using reusable shopping bags instead of the 1 time use plastic ones in most stores.

  13. It’s awesome to see a big seminar on reducing plastic taking place! We know this issue needs our concern more than ever. Thank you for taking the initiative to bring everyone together so we can all take action and thank you to all those who participated!

  14. Michelle Neumiller

    From what transpired it looks like a very informative event. Very thankful so much awareness on ‘reduce plastic’ is being raised by ASEZ and with many parties involved this will inevitably go far.

  15. It’s so great to see young people leading the way in raising awareness on such a big issue. I like that ASEZ members bring up practical solutions and actionable steps that many can easily take to make a big difference. It’s really impressive! I will personally start to implement many of the changes they suggested into my life, like using a refillable water bottle instead of using one time use plastic ones, and using reusable shopping bags instead of the one time use plastic ones that most stores provide.

  16. To reduce plastic is definitely something that should always be a topic of discussion to raise awareness! I’m happy to see that ASEZ WAO raises the awareness but also takes action to reduce plastic use!

  17. This is really amazing. I’m so thankful for the hard work of the ASEZ WOA volunteers of the World Mission Society Church of God. Even as an American citizen, I was unfamiliar with my own nations SDGs.

    It’s important that as a people we take care of our society and county. Even thought we are so busy in our daily lives, the fact that we have a wonderful group of people like the ASEZ WOA members of the World Mission Society Church of God, doing their part and cleaning up the plastic and our environment.

    I’m really thankful for the World Mission Society being the example that we need in this world.

  18. Wow! This article definitely sparks up action in me to start actively finding ways to raise awareness on how plastic affects the Upstate area of NY. The ASEZ WAO volunteers are truly inspirational and through their efforts of action around the world, the world is becoming brighter and beautiful! Thank you ASEZ WAO!!!

  19. It’s so motivating to see many young people uniting together to raise awareness on issues like reducing plastics, which really impact the whole community. Awesome job ASEZ WAO!

  20. Wow!!! Truly amazing to see how brightly the ASEZ members from the World Mission Society Church of God are all shining light on not only NYC but the whole world! This is really such a great way to unite and make this world a better place. I too will join in taking action to reduce the use of plastic. Thank you for working so hard ASEZ

  21. Plastic reduction is definitely the hot topic now a days. I have read a few articles about what ASEZ WAO has been doing to raise awareness about reducing the use of single use plastics. It has inspired me to have a conversation with my own family about how we can change some of our bad habits and reduce our plastic use. Before, I would always recycle plastic bottles but I never really knew the huge effect plastic had on our planet. At this forum they shared a very powerful PowerPoint that showed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is filled with so much microplastic! Eww! My family and I will make more efforts to be more conscious and have better alternatives to single use plastics. Thanks for sharing and raising awareness on this huge issue.

  22. I very thankful to see a group like this bringing to light things that otherwise may be brushed under the rug. All of the issues raised and targeted through the UN SDGs are of great concern to all humanity. It is encouraging to see ASEZ WAO not only raise awareness to these concerns, but also put into practice a plan of action!

    Keep it up ASEZ WAO!

  23. I very thankful to see a group like this bringing to light things that otherwise may be brushed under the rug. All of the issues raised and targeted through the UN SDGs are of great concern to all humanity. It is encouraging to see ASEZ WAO not only raise awareness to these concerns, but also put into practice a plan of action!

    Keep it up ASEZ WAO!

  24. This little article brought up a big topic that I have not really been aware of. It’s true, though; I’ve seen some shocking photos in a museum about how harmful plastic is for the environment, especially the aquatic and marine life. But I didn’t know the statistics were this bad. Thank you, ASEZ WAO, for make a difference in the world. Every little bit counts.

  25. This is so shocking to hear about the severe impact plastic has on our environment with animals and even ourselves related to food, etc.

    Education and awareness for all is a great step to creating change. As we can see reducing plastic in our environment isn’t a new problem that needs attention. Glad to see ASEZ WAO take a leadership role in this effort while working with the United Nations and local lawmakers to make progress.

    Congrats ASEZ WAO on the proclamation!

  26. Congratulations ASEZ WOW and all those who stepped up to this great occasion. Continue the great work and get the word out!

  27. It’s heartwarming to see the volunteers of ASEZ WAO taking their time and energy to make the world a better place. I cannot wait to see all that ASEZ WAO accomplishes!

  28. Gilbert Rodriguez

    Reading the statistics on the negative effects plastic has had on the environment has not only brought awareness to the Borough of Brooklyn but also to myself. Thank you ASEZ WAO for taking action and shedding light on a huge environmental issue.

  29. Wow! Its really impactful to see how ASEZ WAO takes the initiative to be proactive and also involves community leaders who can further help raise awareness and work together to serve our fellow neighbors.

  30. Way to take action here!! We need to find new ways to recycle and I’m so thankful that ASEZ in bringing to light the problems with plastic that we didn’t know much about before.

    I always thought plastic was being recycled and not causing hard to our environment. Thank you so much for presenting this seminar and helping us learn how we can help takw action in our communities. I’m thankful to know how I can also participate in carrying out the SDGs!

  31. ASEZ WAO is taking things to the next levels. Working with government officials and other like-minded individuals can harness a lot of power to see real change.

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