Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
My fanatical idea leads me to something that I have been thinking about lately. Why does the burden fall on the consumer to educate themselves about the environmental impacts of products and foods and the many varied negative effects that these goods also have on human health? Why aren't these issues factored into the beginning of the product's life? Why can't I even trust the label organic? And for example, why when I look at this Right Guard tube of antiperspirant do I have to know that the packaging will be around for oh - a thousand years or so - and that it most likely contained a form of aluminum that was detrimental to the health of the user? I just want to buy deodorant that doesn't hurt myself, or the planet don't you?
Monday, November 22, 2010
COUNTDOWN: TEENS, SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTION TO BY NOV 30!
Win a chance to Join 100 Youth Leaders at Algalita's Plastics Are Forever International Youth Summit in Los Angeles in March 2011
The deadline for submitting your team’s solution to plastic pollution is November 30. Don’t forget to submit your idea for a shot o join 100 other teens, media experts and environmental leaders in Los Angeles in March 2011 for Algalita’s Plastics Are Forever International Youth Summit. Read more @ http://www.plasticsareforever.org/.
All you have to do is:
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3) Come up with an idea to solve plastic pollution in your community
4) Submit your idea at www.plasticsareforever.com/submit
5) Check back in December to see if your team is a winner!
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
I try to go running on the beach. Before I set out, I tell myself that it is OK if I run past some of the trash that I see along the way. I reassure myself that, "I do enough!" I can enjoy a little half hour run without feeling guilty!
I wish people who came to the beach to enjoy a joint would just put this damned plastic tip in their pocket after they've rolled their blunt. Did I just write blunt like I use that word in my everyday life?
And then take this wrapper with you after you've satisfied your munchies. I can't believe I am writing this. I think it is funny right now, but maybe I should rethink this post before I publish it?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Today the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to ban single-use plastic bags in LA County. What a victory! The BAG MONSTERS were out (Yay Chico Bags!!!) and so were Surfrider and Heal the Bay. I missed it because of a stomach bug I'm fighting off - insert big bummer sigh here - but I am extremely proud that LA County took decisive action to become the biggest municipality to ban the bag in the USA! Hip-hip-hooray! Read Team Marine's coverage on their blog too.
The International Bird Rescue Research Center caught a gull that had been collared by a beer can and removed it! But they think that someone is doing this on purpose to these birds. Please read their post for the number to call if you spot a bird that has a beer can around its neck for all of you who live in the bay area.
Here is a report from Maine on what is washing up there. The Flotsam Diaries is written by my fellow trash trudger Harry. He has great observations on what's hitting the sand all the way up in Northern Maine.
Have you see the Story of Stuff, the Story of Bottled Water or the new Story of Electronics? Well they are awesome short films that are jam packed with illuminating info. on what really happens to the many products we buy from start to finish. Start with the newest edition - The Story of Electronics.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The author of a new blog called, "PLASTIC SEEDS" contacted me today. She is a SAMOHI' alum, and wishes that Team Marine was around for her when she was going there!
Here's what's happening tomorrow in downtown LA to ban single use plastic bags, and it is oh-so-exciting! Oh yeah - YOU'RE INVITED!!! Join us, join Heal the Bay and make history
Ahhh...the magic of twitter. Natalie of "Plastic Seeds" said that "twitter is our match.com." Our being perhaps the enviros, ngo's and other fab. folks loving OUR planet. And I think she is right. Just look who I found via twitter:
Friday, November 12, 2010
An extra HUGE thank you needs to go out to Jon who came to the beach with me last night for the 171st beach cleanup. Here's why:
As we looked at the once buried plastic Jon said, "Just imagine what kind of damage this one bag could have done in the water."
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
It was a hard night to be out there. I took a few pictures of bigger pieces of trash when the light was just fading, but then my efforts quickly turned to the thousands of fragmented bits of styrofoam littering the high tide line. I spent 20 minutes picking up those bits, which is frustrating on many levels. The one that is sticking out in my mind as I write is that I couldn't possibly get it all. Maybe that is an appropriate metaphor for the frustrating nature of getting all the trash - mostly made from plastic - out of the world's oceans....
One great thing that happened was that a woman came up to me and asked, "Are you picking up plastic?" She'd watched the TEDx conference Great Pacific Garbage Patch that happened here in Santa Monica on Sat. hosted by the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Turns out we have a lot in common and she is up to great things, one of which is writing for the Huff Post on environmental issues. Here name is Deborah Bassett. We're going to hopefully go for coffee to break it all down. Thank you BIG time to the PPC for hosting such a world changing event!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Tonight was about extricating tiny-f-ing-pieces of plastic wrappers like the one above from the high tide line. Excuse the slightly out of focus photo complete with partial finger blur in the bottom, but I just HAD to show you what I was up against....
Part One of a story from Stuart Moody of Green Sangha in the SF Bay Area about asking someone to dispose of a cigarette butt: (it's a good mood-elevating-kind of story)
One afternoon, I was standing at the bus pad on Highway 101 at Rowland Blvd. in Novato. A man at the stop was smoking a cigarette, speaking on a mobile phone. He finished the cigarette, dropped it to the ground, and put it out under his shoe. He was not speaking English on the phone, so I didn't know whether he would understand me. But I approached him and said, "I'm sorry to interrupt you, but I recently learned that cigarette filters are not biodegradable. They wash down the gutter into the bay and ocean, and sometimes birds or fish will eat them and it hurts them. If we could throw the filters in the trash can after putting them out, then we could save those animals." He looked at me for a moment. Then he said, "Thank you for your information." I thanked him, and walked away. A moment later, he picked up the cigarette butt and carried it to the trash can.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
From what I could tell - this is a full plastic garbage bag of clothing that was left on the beach next to - not in - the garbage can. Curious.