>Ban the Bag in Santa Monica

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Go Reusable! It is Doable! Ban the Plastic Bag!

On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 Santa Monica’s City Councilmembers will hopefully pass the Single-use Carryout Bag Ordinance. This will ban plastic bags and put a cost on single-use paper bags in the city https://www.247autolocksmith.com/prices. Team Marine has been waiting for this to happen for about three years. We are very excited to attend the Council meeting, and will be involved in the meeting. Students will be giving speeches, dressing up in plastic pollution suits, presenting the results of petitions and research projects, protesting silently with signs, etc. Known as one of the greenest cities in the country, Santa Monica needs to pass this ban!

What do we want? To ban the plastic bag! When do we want it? Now! 

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday January 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM in the in Council Chambers, located at City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica.

>Sea Pulse Films

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Team Marine This Weekend at the Lodge
with Sea Pulse!
 
 



Sea Pulse

Saturday January 22nd, 1:30-4:30

Discover  the beauty and the threats to the world ocean!
Presented by filmmaker Bill  MacDonald.
Join us for an afternoon of film, discussion, and a live performance by Dance4Oceans, concerning the health of our local wetlands and oceans everywhere.
 

$5-$10 Suggested donation
 

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 (310) 306-1854
livearts@electriclodge.org

 

>Team Marine at the Electric Lodge

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Come watch Team Marine’s 10 R’s video, as well as other environmentally friendly videos, at the Electric Lodge on January 22nd, 2011! Bill Macdonald’s Sea Pulse Films will be hosting the event from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Other videos to be shown include The World Ocean “Trashed”The Majestic Plastic Bag, Whales Die, Zombies Dance (in protest).

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
CA 90291-3734
(310) 306-1854

>HTBSC Water Quality Report

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Zach Gold with sample tray and Safe to Surf? board

On December 23, 2010, Heal the Bay Surfrider Club’s Teach and Test Program conducted water quality tests in Santa Monica, after a long episode of rain. Their results were horrifying. Extremely high levels of fecal bacteria were visible in all samples. Zach Gold, Co-president of the club, recommended that all stay out of the water for the time being. Sites that were tested included the Pico-Kenter Drain, the Santa Monica Pier, and Lifeguard Station 26. Visit local surf shops in Santa Monica to check current bacteria levels.

Sample testing trays; glowing cells show high levels of fecal bacteria

>More Recycling. More LifeStraws.

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On December 17th, 2010 Team Marine and Heal the Bay/Surfrider Club worked through heavy rain to count and sort recyclable containers. These recyclables will be saved to trade in for LifeStraws to send to people around the world without clean water sources. The LifeStraw is a portable water filtration system that prevents common diarrhoeal diseases from causing sickness. We recycled 5400 containers, which will provide 48 LifeStraws, and potentially save 48 lives. A huge thanks to all those who volunteered to sort with us in the pouring rain!

110 recyclables = 1 LifeStraw

We recycled 5400 containers, which will provide 48-49 LifeStraws, and potentially save 48-49 lives. A huge thanks to all those who volunteered to sort with us in the pouring rain!

>Planting Trees with TreePeople

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Flavia Watering Trees & Sawdust in Cement Bays
On Monday, December 27, Flavia Cahn – our Gardening Committee leader – traveled to Oxnard to volunteer at a TreePeople event. TreePeople focuses on planting trees, particularly fruit trees, in low-income Los Angeles communities. They have planted fruit streets all over the city: in public gardens, individual’s backyards and on school campuses. In low-income neighborhoods, fresh, organic and healthy food is expensive and hard to come by. For this reason, TreePeople plant easy-to-care-for fruit trees that provide food, shade, beauty, and better air and water quality. TreePeople does other amazing green events such as mountain restorations to benefit the more needy members of our community. 
 
At the event Flavia and TreePeople unloaded a grand total of 3000 fruit trees. Peach, plum, nectarine, apple and apricot trees of all different varieties were sorted, and then organized into cement-lined bays to stay there until they are ready for planting in South Los Angeles schools. Once the trees were set up in the bays, moist sawdust was shoveled between them in order to keep them upright and to keep the roots alive.
TreePeople operates mostly on donations – not only money donations, so please be generous. Visit this link to find out more:  http://www.treepeople.org/more-ways-give

>Recycling at the Rose Bowl!

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Team Marine and Marine Biology students from Santa Monica High School

After a morning of recycling on New Years Day, “our total was 2147 plastics, 1300 cans, and 453 glass“, according to Jane Davidson of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA. Team Marine worked alongside San Gabrielino High School, UCLA, and SaMo’s Marine Biology students to recycle trash left behind from Pasadena’s Rose Parade. We rocked out “Ask Me Why I’m Recycling” T-Shirts, signifying that we were recycling for LifeStraws. The LifeStraw is a portable water filtration system that prevents common diarrhoeal diseases from sickening less fortunate people in third world countries. We had a great time helping fellow Eco-Beasts make SoCal a greener, cleaner place.