April 28, 2010

Submit your 60 second video about plastic bags & win a New Flip Camera!

In conjunction with the Save Our Shores Plastic Bag Ban Campaigns underway, as well as similar efforts in the State of California and around the world, Save Our Shores is spreading the Hey-hey-hey, Goodbye Plastic Bags message by hosting a 60-second viral video contest about the unnecessary use of plastic bags. The goal of the contest is to raise Ocean Awareness concerning the proliferation of plastic bags in our society, and to bid these unnecessary pieces of garbage a heartfelt Hey-hey-hey, Goodbye.

Submission Guidelines: Upload your plastic bag videos onto YouTube.com, send contact info & a link to your video to media@saveourshores.org, and use the subject line: Hey-hey-hey, Goodbye Plastic Bags.

Submission Deadline: July 11 (think: 7/11).
Video Requirements: Videos must be relevant to the issue of banning single-use plastic bags, be 60-seconds long, contain audio, and mention Save Our Shores either in the audio portion or by listing saveourshores.org.

Save Our Shores is honored to have these awesome environmental leaders as our judges:
  • Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau, carries on the Cousteau family tradition of ocean exploration and conservation through his work with EarthEcho.org, Animal Planet, the Ocean Conservancy, and more.
  • Mark Stone, a Santa Cruz County Supervisor, sponsored the ordinance to ban plastic bags in Santa Cruz County, and represents Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo Counties on the California Coastal Commission.
  • Eric Thiermann, local filmmaker and founder of Impact Productions, has created films twice nominated for Best Documentary Film at the world renowned Academy Awards.
  • Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols is a lifelong advocate for marine conservation, and current SOS Board Member, and has founded, directed, and spearheaded ocean conservation movements like Grupo Tortuguero, WiLDCOAST, and Ocean Revolution.
* First Prize - Judges Choice: A New HD Flip Camera!
* Second Prize - Most Views on YouTube: A New SD Flip Camera!
* Three Runners Up - Judges Choice: Save Our Shores gear.

The 60-second Hey-hye-hey, Goodbye Plastic Bags video entries will be seen by thousands of viewers as they spread virally over the internet, increasing the buzz about the current efforts to ban plastic bags.

Winners will be announced & presented at the Save Our Shores annual Toast to the Coast celebration on August 21st, posted on the SOS website, and promoted far and wide through our big, blue network.

Find full contest details on our Video Contest page...

Hey-hey-hey, Goodbye Plastic Bags!

April 20, 2010

Great News: The Santa Cruz County Plastic Bag Ban Gains Approval

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors recently voted in unanimous support of an ordinance to ban the use of plastic bags at retail shops and impose a surcharge on paper bags. The goal is to cut down on the amount of plastic bags found in our oceans, harming marine life, and littering our waterways, while promoting reusable bags as an energy saving, environmentally responsible, and simple alternative to plastic bags. Save Our Shores has been working tirelessly on the Plastic Bag Ban Campaign for years now, and from June 2007 – March 2010 help remove over 19,887 plastic bags during beach and river cleanups. Read more about SOS Plastic Bag Ban efforts...

The ordinance, originally sponsored by Supervisor Mark Stone, calls for a 10-cent fee for every paper bag used, eventually rising to a 25-cents per bag, with the revenue collected to be kept by the retailer to provide funds to implement no-bag programs, such as offering reusable bags for a low price.

The plastic bag ordinance will have to wait for an EIR (Environmental Impact Review) to thwart off opposition and lawsuits that have occurred during similar plastic bag ban efforts in other locations (such as Berkeley –vs- the American Chemistry Council). And because the proposed ordinance will only affect retailers in the unincorporated communities (thus Santa Cruz County, not the City of Santa Cruz), there is strong will and support by the cities of Santa Cruz County to quickly follow the positive example that Santa Cruz County will be setting once the plastic bag ban is enacted.

For more information...

April 15, 2010

SC Earth Day Festival this Saturday, April 17th!

Join Save Our Shores and the Santa Cruz green community this Saturday, April 17th, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at the Santa Cruz Earth Day Festival!

Where: San Lorenzo Park Benchlands behind the County Bldg
When: 11am - 4pm

This free, rain or shine event will be powered by renewable energy, have fun activities for kids, live music, educational information and even a composting workshop. Come enjoy a great community event and learn how you can do your part to protect the environment.

Looking for a hands-on Earth Day experience? Come volunteer with Save Our Shores for our
San Lorenzo River Cleanup from 12 noon - 2pm

Meet us at the Save Our Shores booth at 12 noon and lend a hand for the health of our rivers and ocean!

For more information on the Santa Cruz Earth Day Festival...

April 13, 2010

Oceans Day In Sacramento!

It was an interesting day on Capitol Hill in Sacramento last Tuesday for the 3rd annual Ocean Day. I teamed up with Paul Hobi from The Ocean Conservancy and Francesca Koe from NRDC to talk to legislators about the California Marine Protected Areas and the bill AB 1998, the state-wide plastic bag ban.
This is one of our meetings with Aracely Campa, a staffer for Assemblymember Anna Caballero. She was really interested in the outreach we were doing for children around the Monterey Bay Area.This was after our great meeting with Stephone Paige, a staff member for Senator Abel Maldonado, he was really shocked to hear about the Great Pacific Gyre and really wanted to keep our sample, I promised I would send him one soon.

Then we met with Julia Brownley, the assemblywoman who authored AB 1998, the state-wide plastic bag ban, we had a great conversation and she was very happy we were in full support of her bill and telling people about it all day.
After our 8 meetings, we were off to the sustainable seafood reception at the Sutter Club. The spread was amazing, since I don't normally eat fish I was a little hesitant until I saw all of the different sustainable options. Tataki Sushi Bar was there, see SOS review of this awesome restaurant here.There were also some delicious oysters from Hog Island that were harvested that morning! So fresh and so yummy!It was a great day all around and we can't wait to be involved again next year!

April 7, 2010

Adventure Film Festival Tomorrow!

One night only- the Adventure Film Festival's World Tour mobilizes this years award winners, bringing them to life on the big screen in venues around the world. Audiences will travel through the lens with the world’s foremost adventure filmmakers, stirring contemplative and emotionally charged journeys within. Watch the best Kayak, Surfing, conservation films and more. You wont want to miss this one!

Join Save Our Shores tomorrow, April 8th starting at 7pm at the Rio Theater for the Adventure Film Festival. Tickets are $12 or $10 for students with ID. Check out the Facebook events page.

Here are the trailers for two of the films in the festival:

April 5, 2010

Talking to legislators for Oceans Day tomorrow...MPAs now!

Save Our Shores is going to Oceans Day in Sacramento tomorrow to talk to legislators about Marine Protected Areas and a state-wide plastic bag ban. Here is a link for last year's Oceans Day events. Hopefully we can talk to legislators from Southern and Northern California to get there MPAs approved and put into effect.

My inspiration for tomorrow? Sylvia Earle, one of the most amazing oceanographers of our time and a huge advocate for marine protected areas. This is her TED talk about her wish for more MPAs worldwide, such an amazing inspiring talk, hope you enjoy.

This is a quote from Sylvia Earle's book The World is Blue that I will be carrying with me tomorrow when I talk to law makers about how important these are to the future of the ocean and the future of mankind:

Children today and the children of tomorrow can walk through redwood forests little changed in hundreds of years except for the fact that the trees are taller and have greater girth. They can peer over the rim of the Grand Canyon and not see neon lights below, and can view the geysers and boiling springs of Yellowstone in the presence of buffalo. Nearly 400 places of natural, historic, and cultural significance are now within the U.S. National Park Service, and globally, thousands of other areas making up about 13 percent of the land have been designated for care. Fourteen national marine sanctuaries and a number of national marine monuments now embrace more than 881,000 square kilometers (340,000 square miles) of ocean in U.S. waters, and globally nearly 5,000 marine protected areas have been designated. It sounds like a lot but the total area of ocean covered is a fraction of 1 percent. That means, of course, that more than 99 percent is open for uses that are not entirely benign.