Once again, it’s Julie McCoy, your cruise director here, with several events happening on the Lido deck. The first is a United States event, the next two are specifically Bay Area events, and the last two are activities for everyone no matter where you live.
Wear Blue for the Ocean: If you haven’t gotten dressed yet, or if you’re still at home and can change your clothes, please wear blue today to support a National Ocean Policy. Then enter your zip code on the Wear Blue site to to find an event near you. Probably the only people who will be able to attend will be folks on the West Coast and Hawaii who have no plans already for today and can get dressed and get out as soon as possible. And the reason is that I screwed up and forgot to announce it sooner. I’m so sorry! But even if you can’t make it to an event, you can still participate.
If you can’t attend an event today, you can still upload a photo of yourself wearing blue to the Wear Blue web site.
What it’s about:
In June President Obama called for the nation’s first ever policy to protect our Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes, which many hope to see finalized in early 2010 and made official through an executive order. At present management of marine resources is determined by 20 different agencies operating under more than 140 laws each with different goals and often conflicting mandates. In public hearings across the nation this fall the administration heard widespread support for a unified ecosystem-based policy centered on the protection and restoration of the sea’s living resources – much like the policy the administration is in the process of creating. Only a healthy ocean can help assure a sound economy, good jobs, maritime security and viable coastal communities.
Of course those of us concerned about plastic are urging the administration to take that issue into consideration in its National Ocean Policy.
Bay Area Events
Green Sangha’s Rethinking Plastics 201 Conference: I will be one of the panelists on Saturday, January 23, at the all day workshop Ending the Plague of Plastic Pollution in San Rafael, CA.
The conference begins on Thursday evening, January 21, with a public symposium: Awakening the Dreamer: an introduction to the challenges and opportunities of our age, led by the Pachamama Alliance. Donations are requested.
On Friday evening, January 22, there will be a free public lecture: Rethinking Plastics, Rethinking Our Lives. sponsored by Whole Foods Market, San Rafael.
And as I mentioned, on Saturday the 23rd, the all-day conference takes place with speakers on the chemistry and toxicity of plastics, explanation of bioplastics, extended producer responsibility, as well as what we as individuals can do, beginning with ourselves. That’s my portion.
You can sign up for any of these events via Green Sangha’s contact form or by calling (510) 532-6574.
Garbage Dreams screening:On January 27, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center will host a free screening of the film Garbage Dreams.
Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for garbage people. … the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80% of the trash they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.
Takeout without: Join the campaign to reduce restaurant waste by saying no to unnecessary packaging. So what do they want you to do?
- Join the Takeout Without Facebook Group and ask friends to join.
- Upload photos of yourself at a restaurant bringing your own reusable containers or of restaurant packaging waste that irks you to the Takeout Without Flickr page. (I’ll be doing this as soon as I finish writing this post.)
- Follow TakeOut Without on Twitter and Retweet to your followers.
This is a campaign I wish I’d thought up myself! And here is another one:
I pledge to reduce my consumption of non-biodegradable, plastic products by:
- Using reusable bags at the grocery store.
- Choosing biodegradable products and packaging over plastic.
- Eating and drinking out of re-usable glass, metal, or other non-plastic containers.
- Encouraging my friends, family, and community to reduce their plastics consumption, too!
To enter the drawing for the DVD, please choose one or more of these activities/events and let me know which one(s) you did. You can 1) wear blue and upload a photo to the Wear Blue Flickr page, 2) Register for one or more events during the Rethinking Plastics conference, 3) Commit to attending Garbage Dreams, 4) send a photo to TakeOut Without or write a blog post the campaign, or 5) Sign the Plastic-Free pledge, making sure to leave a comment in the box (you didn’t think just signing was enough, did you?) and let us know the number of your signature.
For each activity you participate in, you will receive a chance to win.