Cambridge City Council Votes 8-1 to adopt a ban on plastic bags.
The ban makes Cambridge the largest city on the east coast to adopt such a ban and also the first community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to require a fee on paper bag use. Councilor Carlone reports details in his blog here. Our Chapter is so pleased!
Saturday night 3/14, Surfrider MA and New England Surf Co co-hosted the 2015 New England Expression Session and with more than 200 attendees at the “Arts at the Armory” in Somerville MA, it was a huge success! Our Chapter is so grateful to all the terrific artists that donated their work.
CBS news reports that garbage – and in particular plastic garbage – is being dumped in the world’s oceans at an alarming rate. You can make an impact on this daunting environmental issue, even if it seems small and inconsequential at first. Pick up plastic garbage you see on the streets, in the parks, and on the coastline. Invest in a reusable water bottle. Get (and use) reusable grocery bags. If we all take these simple steps, collectively, we can make a big positive impact!
Do you go to the ocean or beach in the Northeast for fun? If so, please take a moment to complete our Northeast Coastal and Ocean Recreational Use Survey
Why fill out the survey? Because the data collected in this survey will help shape a new Ocean Plan that will govern the use of ocean and coastal zones for the coastal states of the Northeast. This could have HUGE impact on YOUR use of the New England ocean environment!
We’ve heard the stories of the “great Pacific garbage patch” but recent studies have confirmed just how much plastic liters our oceans. Check out the recent article “A Sea of Plastic” published in Surfer Magazine. The article ends with some quick and easy tips on how YOU can make a difference with SMALL adjustments in your daily life habits.
There’s real concern that offshore drilling for oil and gas could happen off of the east coast. Right now there is action being taken to conduct exploratory studies – the effects of which themselves will be devastating to our marine environment.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.