Monday, August 23, 2010
On August 8th 2010, Team Marine worked with the Plastic Pollution Coalition at the Malibu Farmers Market. 5 Gyres also had a booth there, who educated the community. At the Farmers Market, Team Marine members Aidan, and Kou dressed up in the bottle costumes as a bottle and bottle cap "monster" and educated many Malibu community members on the issues of single use plastics. The team of "monsters" asked people to sign their petition to ban single use plastic bags in Santa Monica, which are already banned in Malibu. By the end of the day, Team Marine got about fifty signatures.
Kou and Aidan attended a student leader training seminar led by the Alliance for Climate Education. Team Marine has been close with ACE, and we love them for being Eco-Beasts like ourselves. They invited us to learn about how to create and maintain a successful environmental group, which was a lot of fun (especially the great food!) We encourage everyone reading to attend one of their seminars, which is completely free. More information can be found here. ACE pushed our limits when they challenged us to make a video around Culver City, explaining one D.O.T. we accomplish everyday. A DOT is a pledge to Do One Thing to help the environment - and cool the climate. We decided to make a video about ten DOTs - Team Marine's ten R's. Our video came out great, and we all had a hilarious time making it. We will upload it once we receive a copy of the video. A big thanks to Sophie and Ethan of ACE for leading the seminar, as well as Sony Pictures Studios for letting us attend the event on their studio lot.
Hey fellow Eco-Beasts. Here's the scoop on an event Team Marine attended on July 8th, 2010 at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The event we attended was a volunteer enrichment seminar. Team members Aidan and Talia learned how to explain disturbing, immense problems that are currently occurring around the world to children. It prepared us to better inform the public on environmental problems, thanks to SMPA volunteers, as well as presenter Amy Blount Lay. Amy Lay led the seminar and explained how to create "sea monsters" out of plastic marine debris, to make a point of how disastrous it is to our Earth's habitats.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Every year Californians are estimated to use 19 billion plastic bags - many of which will end up in our rivers and oceans causing major harm and damage to our precious eco-systems. A ban on plastic bags is one of the biggest single cuts we can make to reduce marine debris pollution.
California Bill, AB 1998 would ban single-use plastic bags in California for good! As senators gather this August to vote we need to make sure we are heard and that this bill passes!
We need YOU to wear a Bag Monster costume on August 12, 2010 @ Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco at our “Don’t Feed the Bag Monster” event. We will provide the
costume, a free reusable bag, snacks and water. Join us as we let the state know that we are fed up with the unnecessary waste of single-use bags!
Single-use bags are easy to spoof since they’re such a bad idea - thus the birth of the Bag Monster costume! Bag Monster costumes are decked out with 500-700 single-use plastic bags, the amount the average American uses in 1 year! The bags are attached to a single jumpsuit using Velcro. Bag Monsters have been known to make appearances at events all over the country but this August 12th 2010 we’re organizing the LARGEST Bag Monster event in history at Ghirardelli Square!
Who: 100 volunteers to wear Bag Monster costumes – that means YOU and all your friends!
What: 100 Bag Monsters gather at Ghirardelli Square in the “Don’t Feed the Bag Monster” event. Lead Bag Monster, Andy Keller, will rally everyone and march towards Maritime National Historic Park.
When: August 12th, 2010 11AM – 2PM ***please arrive @ 10AM to get dressed and collect your free goodies***
Where: Ghirardelli Square, 900 north point Street at the corner of Beach and Larkin. (West of Fisherman’s Wharf) Meet in the dressing room to get your gifts and costume.
Why: To show support of California Bill AB 1998 and the reusable bag movement!
We anticipate this event will draw state-wide attention to AB 1998, just what we need before senators vote – you won’t want to miss this opportunity to make history! If you are able to volunteer please contact us by August 6th 2010!
Organization___Bag Monster March_____________ Contact________Becca Schwalm_____ Phone________(530) 342-4426 firstname.lastname@example.org______________
For additional information contact Becca Schwalm /// email@example.com or (530)342-4426 x224
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
A big hello from Team Marine to all of our readers! Sadly we've all been very busy this summer, and unable to blog regularly. We will be updating you all on all of our activities we have already completed this summer, starting with our first beach cleanup.
By invitation of Sara Bayles, Team Marine attended a beach cleanup at Santa Monica's lifeguard tower 26 in honor of International Surfing Day, on June 20th, 2010. Close to 40 others accompanied Team Marine in the cleanup, collecting 71.7 pounds of trash from the seemingly clean Santa Monica Beach spot. All that attended were entered into raffles for surfboard demos, shirts, and other prizes, and were provided with a great breakfast of pastries, bagels, and drinks. Participants also competed for prizes for oddest object collected, heaviest object collected, most trash collected, etc. It seemed that Kou won most of them, collecting the most and finding a candle in the shape of a naked woman which was voted the oddest object of the day. We want to give a big thanks to Sara Bayles and Mike Takahashi for organizing, as well to the sponsors of the cleanup including Surfrider, Arbor, and Aqua Surf School.