Santa Monica has continuously been a leader in environmental sustainability. The Santa Monica City Sustainability Plan was first adopted in 1994. Now, in 2012, the council is taking under consideration the Sustainability Bill of Rights Resolution. The passing of the SBR ordinance means the rights of people will be protected and people will have access to clean air, land, and water. On January 24th, Team Marine went to the Santa Monica City Hall to support the Sustainability Bill of Rights. Prior to the City Council Meeting, the supporters gathered on the steps of City Hall for a rally. Team Marine signed the SBR Student Support Poster, showing that the youth care about the environment and the future of Santa Monica. As a unified group, we entered the council chambers and our members spoke in front of the council explaining that people are entitled to constitutional rights, not corporations. We made our opinions heard about our vision of a future where renewable energy sources are used to generate energy, clean water is affordable and accessible, and wastes are disposed of in a way that does not harm the environment. This event was an important movement in mitigating environmental crises such as climate change, pollution, and ocean acidification, bringing us one step closer to our goal of a sustainable future.
On January 12th,Team Marine, with help from Heal the Bay, organized and hosted a beach cleanup and invited all of SAMOHI’s Marine Biology students as well as other members of the community. We collected trash all along the shore and especially around the mouth of the storm drain. Continue reading “Beach Clean Up”
In the past week, there has been a heated call and response between Marc Gunther and Stiv Wilson over a topic very close to Team Marine, plastic and plastic pollution in the environment. The plastic industry has always fought against environmentalists and their goal to ban plastic bags. Gunther continued the fight by representing the large plastic companies in his article. Continue reading “In Defense of Humanity”
This Wednesday, at Los Angeles City Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., city representatives are having a hearing to determine if the single-use carry out plastic bag should be banned throughout all of the City of Los Angeles. This a monumental occasion for the city and we need bodies there to rally support for the cause. If you truly are sustainable and have the time to make it, come down to city hall and promote positive change in your city!
ALSO: Come hear Team Marine Member Annie Wiesenfeld SPEAK at this event! She needs your support to truly be heard.
Here is the info about the event:
What: City of Los Angeles single-use carryout bag ban
When: Wednesday, December 14 at 9:30am
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, John Ferraro Council Chamber Room 340,
200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
***Wear GREEN to show your support for the environment and holiday spirit***
Check the Heal the Bay Website to make sure everything is up and running for Wednesday the night before
As the effects of the Kyoto Protocol expired this year, new UN climate debates, The Durban Talks, are being held to determine the new course of action. This debate has been going on for years and plays a large role in the fate of the environment as many know it. Many nation’s representatives are pushing for a much more strict environmental policy, a path closer to that of the original intentions of the Kyoto Protocol. Ideally, it would establish strict emission plans for nations which are becoming industrialized, and would also use new “legal instruments” to regulate the carbon emissions of already industrialized nations. These are all just ideas though, the debates are still underway. You can read more about the talks here:
Make sure to keep up on all the latest climate news and the Durban Talks
On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Team Marine visited Sara Bayles’ Photography exhibit. She collects trash from the same beach (tower 26) for 20 minutes at a time with a goal of 365 non-consecutive days of trash collection. So far, she has collected for 238 days and has gathered 903.9 pounds of trash. After each clean up, she blogs about it on her blog, The Daily Ocean. Team Marine got to see many of the pictures from her clean ups and we got to learn a lot more about her project. This was a very informative event and not only did it show us what an ECO-BEAST Sara is, but it put in perspective how much trash there really is. If one person can collect this much for only 20 minutes at a time, at the same spot, then imagine what can happen if every one person chose a different tower and did the same. Sara is doing a great thing and Team Marine loves it. Check out her blog! : http://thedailyocean.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-10-05T07:47:00-07:00&max-results=3
Posted By: Alexis Saez
Team Marine was among one of the volunteer groups invited to the Surfrider Foundations’ 1st Annual, Year-End Volunteer Appreciation Party. The event was held on Saturday, December 3rd from 1pm to 5pm, in conjunction with the final beach clean up of the year. The party was at Dockweiler Beach, at Tower 52. There was delicious organic food, games, and raffle prizes to show appreciation to all the volunteers that have devoted their time to helping our environment. The event was a success, and Team Marine enjoyed themelves.
On September 24, 2011, a few Team Marine members went to the El Capitan Theater for an exclusive event called “A Conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall” which featured the presentation of the Jane Goodall Leadership Awards. These awards honor individuals/organizations who have the same values and commitment as Dr. Goodall and strive towards making positive differences in the world. The award winners and award titles are listed below:
- Esri – Exellence in Conservation Science
- Adam Anthony of Tanzania and Lauren Gibson of Indiana – Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership
- Renée Gunther – Excellence in Education
- The Walt Disney Company – Corporate Social Responsibilities
- George Miller, U.S. Representative, California, 7th District – Excellence in Public Policy
- Dave Matthews – Responsible Activism in Media and Entertainment
At the event, we got to hear Dr. Goodall, wildlife cameraman BillWallauer(host), and Grammy award winner Dave Matthews talk about their past experiences, hardships, and passions. We also got to see Dave Matthews perform his songs “Don’t Drink the Water”, “Oh”, and “Where Are You Going”. This event was very informational and inspiring. It gave us Team Mariners a chance to hear about others’ contributions to the environment, and it opened our eyes to all the different ways one can help implement change. This was a good event that we all enjoyed, and one lucky Team Marine member even got his T-shirt signed by the Dr. herself!
Here are links to Dave Matthews’ performance:
Don’t Drink the Water-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNf-wimpNdY
Where Are You Going- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIP5TjlJUtg
Posted by: Alexis Saez
Last Wednesday on November 16, all of Team Marine and SSA (Samohi Solar Alliance) went to the Fairview Santa Monica Main library to learn about human rights against big cooperations. Many big companies come and propose harmful extraction projects like fracking which is digging holes deep underground and pumping tons of water and chemicals to get minerals. This process contaminates our water, loosens up the soil which results in more catastrophic earthquakes. The two speakers proposed to make balance sheets (negotiating with the big companies to have environmental practices), and corporate models (having the company provide their data prior to construction).
A similar discussion about a Sustainable Bill of Rights is occurring tomorrow November 29, (6:30-8:00) at SMC room HSS 165. Mark Gold founder of Heal the Bay will be presenting among many other educated speakers. Learn about your rights this Wednesday because companies have more rights than the people living in the area do.