Bag It! Screening tonight. Hope to see you there!
Bag It! Screening > Thursday Feb. 24, 7-9 pm
The Clean Seas Coalition and Transition Culver City present:
“Bag It!” the award-winning documentary about why we’re banning plastic bags and looking at our relationship with single-use plastics
Doors open at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm – public forum discussion after the film
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church – 4464 Sepulveda Blvd – Culver City, CA 90230
Requested donation: $5 (to help pay for the screening) – Everyone donating will be entered into a drawing for a DVD copy of the film, signed by the filmmakers
Knitting Circle Update – from Nicky
A small group of women met on a cold wintry night for our first Knitting Circle in a warm living room. Some of us were established knitters. One had never knit before but learnt that night. At half time, we had tea and an assortment of healthy desserts.
We want to increase our numbers and welcome all who knit, crotchet, needlepoint or quilt.
Our next meeting is on March 24th, 7-9pm. Email Nicky to RSVP and get directions: email@example.com.
Community Think Tank: The Plastic Bag Challenge
part of the international 10/10/10 “Global Work Party” organized by 350.org
The California State Senate voted against banning single-use plastic bags in California (SB1998) this summer. Yet the problem of plastic bag pollution remains.
Transition Culver City facilitated a community conversation to gather information and work toward a solution to the plastic bag dilemma. This lively discussion forum for thinking collectively about local solutions for our pollution, waste, oil dependency and ailing watershed had 50 participants, including several children who helped to create a temporary art installation out of plastic bags.
Photo by Jonathan Levy
Participants were urged to bring used single-use grocery bags for the art piece, in exchange for hand-made re-usable bags.
Community-generated solutions included:
– proposing a Culver City municipal plastic bag ban
– initiating a “buy-cott” or “carrot mob” to motivate businesses to discontinue offering single-use plastic bags
– following Ireland’s “Plas-Tax” model
– replacing plastics with biodegradable materials
– reducing consumption altogether
– starting campaign to eliminate plastic bags from our local Farmer’s Market
– putting pressure on mega-companies such as Target and Wal-Mart to stop using plastic bags
There has been good news since our event:
On November 16th, the L.A. County Supervisors voted to ban single-use plastic bags and charge 10¢ for paper bags in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. They also approved an Environmental Impact Report encompassing the entire county, which will make it easier for incorporated cities like Culver City to pass bans of their own. Culver City activists present at the hearing agreed to keep the pressure on the city to act swiftly on the matter.
See our video of the event here: 10/10/10 Community Think Tank