As every surfer’s playground, the ocean should be our main concern when it comes to plastic pollution and it’s harmful affects. Plastic waste that enters the ocean is contaminating the water and killing sea life. Every day, millions of Americans visit grocery stores and leave with at least one plastic bag, without consideration of the awful consequences that the environment faces later. With easy access to reusable bags, it should be with no question that we fight to get plastic bags banned from all grocery stores to help save the ocean. Currently, southern California has began eliminating plastic bags from the check out lines and now require a small fee for paper bags.
Plastic bags are typically made from non-renewable resources such as natural gas and oil. They are not biodegradable in our lifetimes and can impact wildlife when littered, and that’s in addition to being an eyesore and expensive for taxpayer dollars that are paying to remove them from our environment to prevent clogging drains and the creation of mosquito breeding grounds in warmer months.
According to the Marine Center at University of San Diego, “Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of marine debris and cause the most problems for marine animals and birds. At least 267 different species are known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris including seabirds, turtles, seals, sea lions, whales and fish”.
The ocean is a beautiful body of water that should be kept clean and free of our plastic waste. The only way to prevent this problem from growing is to join The Surfrider Foundation in efforts to ban plastic bags. California is poised to become the first state to participate in this groundbreaking legislation. However, it will not pass unless there is strong community support from people like you!
Please take two minutes to TAKE ACTION and also call your local State Senator with a quick message to support Senate Bill (SB) 405. Their phone number and more info will pop up after you submit the Action Alert.
If this bill passes, it will be in effect January 1st, 2015 and we can start getting our ocean clean again.