California is poised to be the first state to institute a statewide ban on toxic single-use plastic bags, but the bill, AB298, is being buried in a procedural move in Sacramento, despite massive popular support from their constituents.
With only a few days left in the process, you can have a positive impact by contacting our representatives to urge them to pass the bill now.
Keep our streets and sidewalks clean! That was the message the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society continued to send to everyone in Dana Point.
And by the end of 2011 we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Your society initiated the move to ban plastic bags and Styrofoam in our city, and shortly after the year ended the City Council voted to do so. After the motion to ban is tweaked, and after a reasonable time to permit merchants to adjust, there will be no more plastic bags or Styrofoam distributed by our local businesses. Continue reading →
The common sense initiative to ban single use plastic bags in Dana Point is now under attack from the “Big Plastic” conglomerate.
The measure received overwhelming 4-1 support in City Council recently. Now, at the last minute, the American Chemistry Council–the lobbyist group for plastic bag manufacturers–has fired up its political machine and is pressuring our City Council to flip-flop and defeat this important environmental protection act. Continue reading →
The Dana Point City Council will discuss the issue of those toxic “single-use plastic bags” — you know, those flimsy, thin plastic bags with handles (also known as nooses to many marine animals) at the top — in Dana Point on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at 6pm at City Hall.
We would like to encourage all the Earth/Ocean Society Members to come to that meeting to show support for a proposal to ban those bags in Dana Point. Continue reading →
EOS Board Members Judy Brandmeier, Sandie Iverson, Wayne Rayfield
Here are some memories of our Earth/Ocean Society’s annual meeting and party in February 2011. The weather was really wet and rough outside and yet we were happy to see more than fifty people join us inside the Dana Point Yacht Club. Highlight of the event was E/OS giving a $3500 check to R.H. Dana Elementary School to help the 5th graders spend a learning weekend on Catalina Island. Continue reading →
Yesterday, August 31, the California State Senate voted against AB 1998, the bill that would have banned most plastic bags from many of our supermarkets and other retail outlets. The vote was 21-14 in spite of an estimated $25 million is being wasted every year in California in cleaning up these bags that will take a thousand years or more to disintegrate.
But losing yesterday shouldn’t stop us from trying to clean up our act here in Dana Point. Continue reading →
We’re making a big mess, Dana Point. Too many of us aren’t getting rid of all the plastic bags and paper bags we get from stores and restaurants. And too many of those bags are winding up in our ocean, polluting the environment and actually killing seals and sea birds and the fish who ingest them.
But there’s something you and I can do about this mess, if we act right now! Continue reading →