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Surfrider’s Portland Chapter Chair, Nastassja Pace, has been volunteering and advocating for awareness on the marine plastic pollution for years. She has been tirelessly fighting for the campaign – BAN the BAG – to ban single-use plastic bags in Oregon, taught thousands of children about re-use and recycling practices and makes art depicting the plastic pollution problem plaguing the worlds’ oceans.
Right now, Nastassja has the opportunity of a lifetime — to join 5Gyres, scientists and activists aboard Sea Dragon on a 10 day sailing trip in the South Pacific Gyre to study and document marine plastic debris.
Please help Nastassja win the Chaco Wave of Change Art Contest by voting for her plastic wave painting today! Simply click on the link here and had her name, Nastassja Pace, to the comments section. And pass the link along. Thank you!
New Years resolution to lose weight? Support your local community? Be green?
You can do all three by dining at BAMBOO SUSHI from Jan 31st to Feb 6th!
Say BAN the BAG when making your order &
10% of all the proceeds will go to the Surfrider PDX Chapter!
Bamboo Sushi is the first 3rd party certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world! They partner with Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Blue Ocean Institute, Salmon Nation, KidSafe Seafood, and the Green Restaurant Association to ensure their meets, seafood, and produce are as local as possible and managed and harvested in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way.
Surfrider PDX Chapter and Bamboo Sushi are now partnering to help BAN the BAG in Oregon. In Portland, we live on one of the 5th largest watersheds in the world, the Columbia Slough, which makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. Plastic bags, when littered or blown away, often make their way into our waterways and eventually the ocean. Once there, they cause many detrimental effects to marine wildlife such as entanglement or starvation upon consuming the plastic mistakenly.
Please support BAN the BAG – Surfrider, your local business, your health and your environment by heading to…
Where: Bamboo Sushi at 310 S.E. 28th Ave Portland, OR
When: Jan 31st to Feb 6th / Dinner 7 nights a week 5 – 10 p.m.
Happy Hour M-F 5- 6:30 p.m.
What: Don’t forget to say “BAN the BAG”
Tomorrow, July 28, Portland City Council will vote on a formal resolution on single -use plastic bags that:
- Supports passage of a staewide ban in the 2011 Legislative session
- Commits the city to pursuing an ordinance in 2011 if the state bill fails.
This approach was recently agreed upon during a meeting between state lawmakers and the mayor’s office and you can read the read the draft resolution here. Needless to say a big turnout tomorrow will be key to support bag ban efforts moving forward.
So what can you do? Join us! Show up tomorrow no later than 11:00 am at City Hall Council Chambers to testify, dress in costume or just show up wearing your ban the bag t-shirt in support!
The city council will be discussing the resolution and ordinance promptly at 11:00 am on agenda which can be found here. To testify, just sign up on the sheet just outside of council chambers and indicate which agenda item (Bag Ban Discussion) you would like to speak about.
If you can’t make it tomorrow but still want to make your voice heard, head on over and comment on the Mayor’s draft resolution here.
Thanks to everyone that came out and supported the cause at this morning’s rally. We’re already seeing the event covered in the media, and we need your help in commenting on these blogs to keep our momentum going. Talk about how banning bags is good for business, and why you personally want a single-use plastic bag ban. Every comment helps; we need the entire Portland community to know how much support there is behind this issue.
Portland Council Considering Plastic Bag Ban on Fox 12 (on this post you can vote on the poll “Should plastic bags be banned in Portland?”)
Mayor Promises to Act on Banning Plastic Bags on The Portland Mercury
A quick snapshot from this morning’s testimony.
We’re hoping you’re coming out today to rally against plastic! And we also hope that you’ll be dropping by our pint night, hosted over at Keen HQ. Why make an appearance? Because there will be good people, plenty of Ninkasi and of course, som sweet raffle items. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
- Gear from Portland companies NAU and Keen
- Gift certificates from Oregon Surf Adventures, Looptworks, Gorge Performance and Lizard Lounge
- 10 Jack Johnson concert tickets
- Dakine backpacks
- Smith glasses
That’s definitely worth showing up for. See you tonight!
The correct answer is, of course, yes. To entice you, we’ll be giving away free t-shirts if you RSVP, and of course, after our epic rally throwdown, we’ll be celebrating with pints at Keen HQ. We really can’t think of a better way for you to spend a Wednesday…
Check out the full PDF invite here.
Mark your calendars… we’re planning a big ole day of action, and we need as much support as possible! (Don’t worry, there’s beer involved).
What: Ban the Bag Day of Action — Rally, testimony in front of City Council and even a celebratory pint night.
When: July 14, 2010
Here’s the schedule:
8:30 a.m. – Early bird gets the worm (or in this case, free schwag). Meet at City Hall in Downtown Portland (1221 SW 4th Avenue) to show support while our faithful leaders give testimony to City Council on single-use plastic bags. We need to pack Council Chambers with people wearing Ban the Bag shirts.
As an incentive to come EARLY, if you R.S.V.P. ahead of time, you will receive a FREE Ban the Bag American Apparel t-shirt and reusable bag. R.S.V.P. to tara.gallagher84[at]gmail[dot]com with your name and preferred shirt size.