Saturday, January 23, 2010
Pictured above Eileen Flores teaches a family about the importance of reusable bags.
On Saturday January 16th Team Marine was invited to hold a booth at the Aquarium Of The Pacific for their Underwater Parks Day. At Team Marine's booth patrons to the aquarium could learn about the marine debris and global warming crisis, the importance of MLPAs, what Team Marine is doing to help and practices they can apply to their everyday lives in order to live more sustainably.
Pictured above Capwoman Megan Kilroy greets guests at the aquarium in front of Team Marine's booth.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Team Marine is a group of students at Santa Monica High School who are fighting to save our environment!
We need to once and for all ban single-use plastic bags in Santa Monica. Our oceans are suffering at the hands of this throw-away society. We need to protect this incredible resource for future generations. Single-use plastic has become more abundant than plankton outweighing it 6:1. The sea has become a plastic soup killing millions of animals and hurting our economy.
This does not have to continue! We can fight this by banning single-use plastic bags in Santa Monica and switching to reusable bags!
In the United States alone 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away with less than 5% getting recycled.
Plastic bags were the most common plastic item found in the digestive tract of 408 leatherback sea turtles according to a 2009 study that reviewed historical necropsies
The energy used to make about 9 plastic bags is equivalent to the energy it takes to drive a car one kilometer, or 0.62 miles.
Plastic litters our beaches, exacts a toll on our environment, and costs cities money to clean up. It is a threat to all ocean-dependent, tourism-oriented economies. California's ocean economy alone is valued at $43 billion.
Currently, 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species, have had reported problems of entanglement or ingestion of marine debris.
The annual cost to clean Los Angeles County's 31 miles of coastline is over $4 million.
This is a petition to show the City of Santa Monica that the people support the ban on single-use plastic bags.