This afternoon is the Vote on California Plastic Ban AB 1998!
You can still help!!
Call Senator Steinberg (916) 651-4006 and (916) 651-1529 and thank him for being a leader that will support AB 1998!
Best chance is to call before noon
Come out to our monthly Ocean Night Film Screening at Arcata Theatre Lounge! This Thursday, Sept. 2, we feature September Sessions, A Sheltered Sea – The Journey of The Marine Life Protection Act and The Seagull’s Dream, an Arcata Elementary School documentary about the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Doors at 6:30 p.m., movies at 7 p.m. All ages! Free to members, otherwise donation of $3 requested.
More on the movies…
Check this new PSA from the South OC chapter in support of the BAN THE BAG campaign…
California stands ready this week to pass a law –AB 1998–that would ban the distribution of wasteful single-use plastic bags.
Click here to send a message in support of the ban to your State Senator.
Here in Humboldt we can still put pressure on our Senator Pat Wiggins-(445-6508) and the Pres Pro Tem Steinberg-(916-651-4006)
Then please call any/all on the below list and URGE them we want to ban single-use plastic bags. Share them with your friends and family!!
1. Gloria Romero (Azuza, Baldwin Park, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Irwindale, La Puente, LA, Monterey Park, Rosemead, West Covina)
2. Lois Wolk (Davis, Fairfield, Manteca, Stockton, Tracy, Vacaville, West Sacramento)
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If all goes as planned, AB 1998 will be voted out of Senate Appropriations and head to the Senate floor later this week. Be sure to send in a support letter to your senator.
Here is the history of the bill, hopefully we will see some information as it becomes available.
It’s never too early to start getting support! Don’t forget online petitions, too, to email out to family and friends in other parts of Cali….their votes may be even important than ours up here in Humboldt.
(Thanks to Bean, Humboldt Surfrider RAP coordinator, for the hard work and keeping up on all things plastic!)
Pellegrino is making the trip to raise awareness about the plight of the ocean.
”Number one on my hit list is fish farms,” Pellegrino said, “also the growing and scary plastic problem.”
Pellegrino mentioned spotting a large amount of plastic in the coastal waters, and more that had washed ashore along the entire coast. (more…)
Thanks to everyone who made our August Rise Above Plastics-themed Ocean Night a great success! What a fabulous evening. “Bag It” packed the theater and we got a lot of postcards signed in support of AB 1998. Pictures to be posted soon.
In the meantime, here are some pictures that make me feel so grateful about living on the North Coast!