Be an environmental hero
Share the Love for the Environment
We are almost there, but we need YOUR help to SAVE Ridge and Goodell!
Visit the Ridge and Goodell page to learn more about these properties and our goal to save them.
What you can do to help:
- Donate Today in any amount – and now through September 30, 2018 your gift will be matched!!!
- Share our cause with your family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers you meet while at Bolsa Chica! You can start by joining our email list from our homepage and then directly share our emails. Better yet, have them join our email list too!
- Does your work company do matching donations, or donates for volunteer hours you do? Sign up and list BCLT as the organization for the matching or volunteer hour donations!
- Get social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and spread the news to your social networks
- Are you part of a club, scouts, or church group looking to help a local cause? Get your community involved by fundraising together! Get creative!
Together, we can SAVE Ridge and Goodell!
Coastal Clean Up Day is the third Saturday of September, but wouldn’t it be great if we had the spirit of Coastal Clean Up everyday?! One way to prevent plastic is to not buy it in the first place!
Ok, not so simple, but we all can start by buying foods in bulk. I’m not talking about fresh foods that go bad fast, like strawberries and lettuce, which actually cost you and the environment more in the long run (think all that wasted food that isn’t home compost-able). I’m talking about dried foods like nuts, flour, spices, dried foods, loose leaf teas and coffee etc. Store these bulk foods in recycled glass or metal (or even plastic) containers that seal-air tight (bugs will still try to get at your stash). Reduce the plastic packaging out of landfills and the ocean by refusing plastic packaging, and even reuse/re-purpose old jelly jars at the same time! No need to even recycle!
Buying bulk isn’t just good for the environment, it can also be good for your wallet. Staples, like flour, are usually cheaper in bulk and you will need to take less trips to the store to refill saving gas and car emissions. The reverse can also be good. If you only need a cup of dried cranberries and you don’t use a lot of cranberries regularly, get exactly what you need. This will prevent wasted money and food compared to having to buy a whole prepackaged bag of the stuff.
A. Buy long-lasting food in bulk. Take it one step further: bring your own container to store the goods (remember to tar the weight of the container first) so you don’t have to use the disposable plastic bags, which is the whole point!
B. Get your family and friends on board. tip: tell them it will probably save them money and time in trips to the store
C. support your local grocery stores that have bulk foods. Snap a photo while you are buying bulk foods and share it on social media!
extra: if possible, you could even buy bulk staple household items like shampoo, soap, toilet paper, etc. Be careful though, sometimes bulk items are just regular sized items grouped together and wrapped in more plastic.
Moral of the story, scrutinize and be a consciousness shopper.
California’s recycling program is running into a recycling problem: wishful recyclers. Who are wishful recyclers you ask?
“People are engaged in wish recycling,” says Mark Oldfield, public affairs director at CalRecycle, which runs the state’s recycling program. “They think: ‘This should be recycled. I’m going to put it in the bin.’”
Take Away: Find alternatives (Refuse), Don’t get as many (Reduce), Find a way to Reuse, Find a way to Repurpose, and as a last step Recycle
Spoiler: disposable dirty diapers cannot be recycled….just don’t, that’s gross and ruins the rest of the stuff that can be recycled. I (Erin) as a new mom can understand why you would wish your dirty diapers, that seems to breed all on their own like Tribbles, could be recycled, but please, don’t put them in the recycle bin. Possible alternative: cloth diapers when feasible.
Sunscreen. Important for skin protection, but some ingredients can be harmful to coral reefs and possibly other marine life. Protect your skin AND the environment with our tip of the month.
What you can do: avoid sunscreen with oxybenzone and octinoxate for a start. Wear more protective clothing like hats when out in the sun so you use less sunscreen overall. Choose sunscreens that are mineral-based with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
- Trying to eliminate plastic from ‘polluting’ your trip? Get some tips from National Geographic! “Cutting back on single-use plastics might be easier than you think. Here are four things travel writer, Marie McGrory, learned from a week long experiment in Belize.”How to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics on Vacation
- Camping trip? Remember to Burn it Where you Buy It and Leave No Trace philosophies. Only burn wood you buy locally to that area to avoid the spread of invasive bugs who can be found in the wood (and when you burn it they scatter). Don’t bring the wood home either (spreading bugs in your local area), leave it for the next camper! Leave No Trace is exactly that, leave no trace you were ever there. One step further, leave it cleaner than you found it!
- Boating trip? Please remember to check for hitch-hikers! Invasive mussels are a major threat to the waterways of CA and beyond (even at Bolsa Chica). Also, if you are fishing, don’t leave any of your fishing gear (and we mean ALL of it) behind. Too many animals get caught in abandoned fishing lines, hooks, and sinkers.
- Home for Summer? Learn more about Backyard Conservation* at ‘Home Science: Backyard Conservation‘
- Going to the Beach? Here are some great tips to consider: ‘6 Ways to Be an Environmental Hero at the Beach Some ocean-friendly products and practices for the summer and beyond‘
- Prefer to stay indoors and veg out to some videos? May we suggest this great compilation of videos at the University of California Climate Lab
*thanks to Miss Ainsworth and Jennifer, Mikayla, Jamie, and Taylor for this link
Our purpose is to launch, inspire, and encourage EVERYONE to think beyond the 5 R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle) and create a sustainable network of Environmental Heroes.
We have broken the exponential concept of “Share the Love” Environmental Action into 3 main steps below.
We have then broken it down further into 3 categories from an individual level to a global level:
A. Individual Actions
B. Family and Friends
C. Community and Beyond
*Come back often for even more tips and suggestions as this web page is updated frequently!*
Stay informed, engaged, and take action!
Write letters, emails, leave voice messages, vote, and spread the word (about issues, meetings, legislation, fundraising events and efforts, and any other activities that have an exponentially positive impact to save the environment and fight climate change). Volunteer, donate in any form, and speak up! Most environmental groups are always looking for new ways to reach people, always need help in one form or another, and appreciate hearing from concerned citizens.
A. Individual Action: Vote for upcoming legislation and local environment-friendly candidates
B. Family and Friends: Spread the word about Ridge/Goodell online (social media, blog posts, community forums, email, etc.), by sharing our newsletters and printed materials with your own community (church, school, club, neighborhood, family/friends, etc.)
Be conscious about your impact on the planet daily
From food to energy, and everything in between, every little bit helps, but don’t beat yourself up if you forget once in a while. We’re all human and life happens. Help others remember and become aware in an encouraging and supportive way too! After all, getting your family, friends, and community involved has the biggest positive effect on positive change. Start in your own home then get your extended family, friends, neighbors, church groups, clubs, schools to start themselves (create programs, community goals, etc.).
A. Individual Actions: Different areas in your daily life: home, office, vacation, yard, water, electricity/energy, transportation, carbon footprint, food use/waste/source etc.
B. Family and Friends: Create a friendly competition or reward system between groups/neighbors/clubs, family units, etc.
C. Community and Beyond: Bring a friend, group, family, etc. to an organized event (like our Bolsa Chica Stewards volunteer days!), volunteer to help at events or become regular volunteers at clean ups, restoration, education booths etc.
Invest for the future
Invest resources, time, money, almost anything will do. This is going beyond just taking action on a current issue, but investing in long-term conservation, innovation, ‘eco’ technology, and even the next generation.
A. Individual Actions: Planned giving (Learn more about the Bolsa Chica Land Trust Planned Giving)
B. Family and Friends: Invest to improve your own and your family’s property, and help your friends improve their properties, for long-term energy, water use, solar panels, water and local wildlife friendly yards, rain catches, electric cars, etc.
C. Community and Beyond: Invest in businesses, projects, infrastructure to improve community carbon footprint, make it easier and safer for people to improve personal impacts- city friendly bike paths, public transit, green spaces, community gardens etc.