By Hoiyin Ip
Ironically, Coastal Cleanup Month started the day after the twin plastic bills SB-54 and AB-1080 failed. The bills, aimed at 75% reduction of single-use plastic waste by 2032, were supported by many Californians, including the City of Dana Point, but not as much by the politicians in Sacramento.
Once again, we’re turning to local leadership. The plain fact is that our coastal cities have always been the ones to lead the state and nation. And more frequently than ever, we’re seeing and hearing about the growing severity of the plastic crisis.
On July 23, The Guardian reported, “All the efforts made and announced so far to cut plastic waste, by governments and companies, will reduce that projected volume by only about 7% by 2040. . . The estimates do not take into account any potential increase in the volume of plastic waste resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.”
On Aug. 20, Orange County Register reported, “Surfrider Foundation…