Monday, December 13, 2010

RAP December meeting

Hey rappers,

Tomorrow we will be holding our monthly meeting a little differently! At 7 pm we will all join in on a conference call to discuss updates, events and future goals for the committee. Everyone and anyone is welcome to join in!
The phone number to dial is # 661-673-8600, code # 815199

DWB is fast approaching!

Rise Above Plastics will have booths and be handing out bags from 5-7pm on 12/16 at the Sunset Market in Oceanside, Jimbos in Escondido, the Seaside Market in Cardiff, and the Appletree Market in OB. 
Come join the fun!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day Without a Bag proclamation

Here are some photos from the event yesterday where the County of San Diego’s Board of Supervisors held a meeting to proclaim 12/16 as the Day Without a Bag. Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price recognized the efforts of Jacy Bolden as the DWB coordinator, Alicia Glassco from Coastkeeper, Sandy Atkinson from Solana Center for Recycling, Natalie Roberts from I Love a Clean San Diego, and Jon Severino from the Surfrider Foundation San Diego.

All of these volunteers spend many hours organizing events such a "Day Without a Bag" on top of their own priorities and they deserve some recognition for their hard work and dedication. Thank you all! Without you this event couldn't happen!

There is still time to sign up to volunteer at 4 different locations throughout San Diego for DWB! Volunteering is for 2 hours from 5-7pm in OB, Oceanside, Escondido, or Cardiff. With a week to go we could use a few more volunteers to help out at the Cardiff and Escondido site.
Contact me at and let me know which location you would be available for.

Free Bag It Screenings SUCCESS!

As I promised you about a month ago, RAP would be hosting two free Bag It movie screenings and they were a huge success! The first was on Monday, earlier this week, at the San Diego Downtown Public Library. The founder of RAP, Scott Harrison, led the RAP sponsored event and our 70 attending audience members. The second event was yesterday, at La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. We had an amazing turn out of 200 people!!! Dudek, EDCO, Steele Realty, and the City of Encinitas sponsored this event.
After the film, speakers and Q&A sessions included: Jon Severino – RAP coordinator, Marty Benson – Surfrider volunteer, filmmaker and actor, Scott Harrison – Surfrider volunteer and founder of RAP, Liz Taylor – Chair of Encinitas Environmental Commission, Jacy Bolden – DWB regional Coordinator, Leigh Reagan – Bag It videographer.

Here are some pictures from the Encinitas event :) Thank you to all that took time to come learn about plastic consumption and its impacts on your own body and the environment!

La Paloma Theater 12/7/2010 
Marty Benson- Surfrider Volunteer
Scott Harrison- Surfrider Founder and appeared in Bag It

Monday, December 6, 2010

Heal the Bay’s 4th Annual ‘A Day Without A Bag’

'Day Without a Disposable Bag' will be held this year on December 16th from 5-7 pm in many locations in Southern California. It will bring early holiday presents to shoppers and provide an educational summit for policymakers. Nearly 20,000 reusable bags will be given away at more than 100 locations throughout California. San Diego's 4 hosted sites will be run by volunteers and committee members from the Surfrider Foundation. Our four locations will be in Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Escondido and Cardiff.

This event urges consumers to forego environmentally harmful single-use plastic or paper grocery bags in favor of reusable bags that will be handed out by the thousands during these two hours.

To read more please visit The plastic bag ban report website

For a Google map of all giveaway sites go to Click on "Bag Giveaway Locations" to find a location near you!

 Let's make our bag monsters proud and grab a few disposable bags at the event. Use them! They are Free! They are yours to keep! Keep on rising above plastics!