TELL OUR SUPERVISORS: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHOULD 'LEAD THE WAY AS WE PROTECT OUR BAY'! IT'S TIME FOR GROUNDBREAKING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC REFORMS.
Feel free to personalize this sample email (below) with reasons you care about protecting the Bay and/or passing serious plastic pollution reform then copy and paste into your email provider to send before noon on Monday, October 22nd.
Thank you for helping to protect all that we know and love!
We need bold single-use plastic reforms to protect our Bay and our future!
Our County’s actions can have tremendous impact. Your November 2018 ban on single-use plastic toiletry bottles in the hospitality industry led the way to the first Statewide ban! Thank you for that bold first step.
Please continue to lean into our proud history of pioneering environmental reforms in defense of our beloved Monterey Bay by replicating Berkeley’s 25 cent fee on disposable cups in the unincorporated area and working with our other jurisdictions to replicate this fee countywide; mandating contact lens recycling at points of purchase; and revisiting the remaining single-use plastic reforms outlined in the Department of Public Works’ August 6th recommendations.
A recent study found that plastic pollution in our beloved Monterey Bay Sanctuary rivals the Great Pacific Garbage Patch at some depths and locations. Earth is drowning in plastic trash. It’s harming our health, destroying our habitats, and intensifying the climate emergency. Only 9% of the plastic ever made has been recycled. As you know, previously recyclable plastic now piling up in landfills across the U.S. because China has a new policy drastically restricting its import of recyclable goods.
When we need to dramatically reduce plastic production to protect life on Earth, the Plastics Industry is planning to increase production by as much as 40% over the next decade!
At this critical turning point in human history, Santa Cruz should lead the way by approving precedent-setting, meaningful single-use plastic reforms. We can and must show other jurisdictions how to stand up to the Plastics Industry in defense of our marine life and the future of all we know and love. “We can’t live in a disposable world!”
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