Earth/Ocean Society Annual Report 2012

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

Big Plastic Targets Dana Point

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

Urgent Action Needed in Dana Point

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

RH Dana Elementary Students 2011 Catalina Trip

Once again, a donation from the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society helped sponsor a weekend trip to Catalina for the 5th graders at R. H. Dana Elementary School.


RH Dana Students on Catalina Island, 2011

Did they enjoy the fun-filled educational experience? Here’s what some of the kids had to say…. Continue reading

2011 Annual Meeting Report

EOS Board Members Judy Brandmeier, Sandie Iverson, Wayne Rayfield

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

Earth/Ocean Society Annual Report – 2010

RH Dana Elementary School, Catalina 2010

RH Dana Elementary School, Catalina 2010

The year just ended was another busy one for the Earth/Ocean Society as we continued our goal of educating everyone we can about the need to protect our ocean and our earth.

E/OS appeared at various functions around Dana Point and manned our special booth to call attention to our goal of keeping Dana Point clean. Continue reading

California’s Loss

We lost. And so did California.

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

It’s Time to Clean Up the Mess

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

Neighborhood Cleanup Day in Dana Point

by Bob Fairbanks

The fifth annual Neighborhood Cleanup Day in Dana Point was a happy event. Youngsters from R.H. Dana Elementary School were joined by more than 100 other volunteers to help clean up Dana Point’s Lantern Village, our Town Center and the harbor area on a sunny day in April.

The volunteers came from near and far. Not just our locals, but college students from Riverside and San Bernardino came to help. So did our city’s Environmental Department and the South Coast Water District. Continue reading