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
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”…
Please note the venue for the Breakwater Community Meeting has been changed. 6-7-2016.
Gloves and bags are provided. Community Service Credit is available.
If your company or organization wants to participate as a group, please contact Robert Palmer at email@example.com so that we can make sure to have enough supplies.
Public meetings will be held in April for the San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. The meetings will be lead by staff from US Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Long Beach. If you want to provide input to the process it is recommended that you attend both meetings as the process is quite complex. Here are the details.
April 7 Thursday, 4-6PM. Breakwater study kickoff & background introduction meeting by City of LB & Army Corps, Bixby Park Community Center at 1st & Cherry.
April 18, Monday, 3:30 – 6:30PM. Breakwater study scoping & alternatives meeting by City & Army Corps (Invitation Only).
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Robert Palmer, a Long Beach local and longtime member of Surfrider, hopes that the waves will return but also notes that the environmental concerns are just as important.” See the entire article at Surfline.