Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 142 - August 23, 2010

life guard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 minutes
3.8 pounds
584.9 pounds total

Please go to Heal The Bay today to find out how to help pass California's law coming to the Senate floor this week!
AB 1998 - Single Use Plastic Bag reduction Act
by Santa Monica Assembly Member Julia Brownley. If it passes, it will be the first comprehensive state wide legislation to regulate these "urban tumbleweeds."
Good for the ocean
Good for California's 43 BILLION dollar ocean economy
Oh look! Another single use plastic bag. 2 in 20 minutes, but I saw many more being used and since I went to the beach earlier than usual when people were still camped out on the sand, I have no idea if all of those folks took their trash with them. One reason I like going around sunset....
Another reason I like being out on the beach towards the very end of the day is that it is hot walking around in regular clothes with everyone else in the water! And although I am sure it helps that people see what I am doing, i have to say I feel a little self conscious roaming around people's blankets and towels.....
The waves for body surfing were absolutely perfect yesterday.

Disturbing fact about single use plastic bags - in LA county we use 6 BILLION a year. Less than 5% get recycled. Even if you had the best recycling rate in the world - which is about 2/3 - you still have 2 BILLION plastic bags that don't biodegrade EVER that choke the landfills and ruin our ocean's habitats....let's give our state Senators a call, shall we?

1 comment:

  1. I'll be following AB 1998 closely and crossing fingers. California led in the 70s with pulltabs, hopefully they'll lead again with plastic bags!

    And I feel the same about wandering among people who are lying out with chairs and towels and umbrellas. I'll be out the door and on the beach tomorrow at 7 or 7:30AM -- weather willing -- to avoid just that too!