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Urban tumbleweeds / Encinitas

October 07 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

Great piece in the Reader (a local, San Diego pub) on bags, bags... everywhere. Urban Tumbleweeds, check it out.

Simultaneously Encinitas, with the help, support and nudging from some stellar local activists, helped push forward a local bag ban. Details on that here. Special kudos to Elizabeth Wiles for leading the charge, seeming while representing Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics campaign on the Jack Johnson tour.

One of the more interesting things about this movement (single-use plastics awareness, single-use plastic reduction and bans, etc) is how people are flipping a bit on this (going from one school of thought to the exact opposite). In the Encinitas ban Councilwomen Teresa Barth and Maggie Houlihan have both been outspoken opponents of a plastic bag ban ended up supporting it.

That reminds me of a gala I attended with a friend. Before we sat down, he grabbed a bottle of water for me. I sat there with it in front of me, not wanting to insult him or make a big deal of it... and yet I didn't touch it. Ten minutes later, we ended up talking about the bottle in front of me, and I shared my appreciation for him grabbing one for me, but I couldn't drink it. My friend emailed me a few days later and said that he had installed house water filters and is no longer drinking from plastic bottles.

It always seems so unlikely that we can influence the habits and decisions of others... yet that's what I see around me day after day.

Just say no.
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