Long Beach City Council is beginning a 6 month process to partially ban disposable polystyrene food products. See article in the Press Telegram. The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been working on this topic for a long-long time. It’s nice to see progress.
2010 Post Card to City Council
2013 Post Card to City Council
Are you tired of seeing expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) all over your beaches? Have you heard of the 1.25 trillion pieces of plastic pollution in our oceans? Write to the Long Beach City Council to ask them to enact an ordinance banning single use disposable foam from our restaurants and stores in Long Beach. If you know which district you live in, e-mail your councilperson directly. Send your support letter to all council members by going to this Action Alert Page!
There will be a motion to write an ordinance at the City Council Meeting on December 20, Tuesday, 5pm (Agenda).
Photo: Courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Oxford University says good waves generate an estimated $50 billion per year. Surfline.com provides a good summary article here. “Yes, you read that right. Before your brain combusts from the esoteric academic language, look at the numbers – 5-to-the-0 capital B, billion. By no means are we astute economists, but $50 billion seems like a lot of bread for little ol’ surfing.”
Save California’s Plastic Bag Ban Vote “YES on Prop 67” in November. Take the pledge!
Recent research tells us that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!1 We see singleuse plastic items, including the easily littered plastic bags, polluting our beaches and ocean. Marine plastic pollution is also extremely harmful, and sometimes fatal, for marine life.
CONSIDER THESE FACTS: • In California, the average person uses 360 bags a year—which adds up to 10 billion bags a year.2 • An average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes, but the bag lasts forever!3 • Less than 3% of bags are recycled4…which is why… • Plastic bags are one of the top items picked up at beach cleanups.
THAT IS WHY WE MUST FINALLY BAN THE BAG! After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, a bill to ban plastic bags was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. Unfortunately, due to the political maneuvering of the big plastics industry, the bill was stalled and will be put on the ballot as a referendum. The California voting public will now be asked to affirm this bag ban legislation by voting YES on 67 in November. Let’s make the plastic bag a thing of the past. Vote “YES on 67” in November. Learn more on go.surfrider.org/YestoCABagBan
Four local artists will be showing at Berlin and Fingerprints in the East Village Arts District(420 E 4th St., Long Beach).
Opening night is Saturday, August 6th, 2016 from 6 – 10PM. Sunlit Souls will be playing and Barefoot wine is the beverage sponsor. High end framed imagery available for purchase through August. Proceeds benefit Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter.
The Wall Street Journal posted an article on the Breakwater Project.
…”We would like to take the whole thing down,” he said. “We need to get people and kids back playing in the water”…