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ACTION ALERT

MARCH 2021

Emerald Keepers is a group of volunteers leading a growing community-based effort to care for our coastal community, ensure Coronado’s sustainability for generations to come, and serve as a model for other communities. Our mission is to educate the community to develop and celebrate more sustainable practices for the health of our oceans, our beach community, and the world. 
 
HERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, PLASTICS, AND MARINE DEBRIS –– AND BE EMERALD KEEPERS
  1. WATCH THESE TED TALKS
Climate Change
https://www.ted.com/talks/ted_ed_the_myth_of_the_boiling_frog?utm_campaign=countdown&utm_source=countdownweekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20210227-1#t-149767
 
Let’s turn the high seas into world’s largest nature reserve
https://www.ted.com/talks/enric_sala_let_s_turn_the_high_seas_into_the_world_s_largest_nature_reserve
What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares a bold vision to safeguard the high seas — which are some of the last wild places on Earth. "When we can align economic needs with conservation, miracles can happen," he says.
 
How to be a good ancestor
https://www.ted.com/talks/roman_krznaric_how_to_be_a_good_ancestor?language=en&referrer=playlist-countdown_session_5_action
  1. WATCH THESE FILMS
The Story of Plastic (Amazon)
A Life on Our Planet with David Attenborough (Netflix)
A Plastic Ocean (Netflix)
Chasing Coral (Netflix)
  1. FIND YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Each of us has a “carbon footprint.”This measure is the total amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases our actions produce contributing to the increase in global surface temperature and climate change. The average carbon footprint for a person in the US is 16 tons—compared to the global average of 4 tons—and experts say the global average needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050 to avoid irreversible consequences.Our work is cut out for us, but small changes go a long way. You can learn more about estimating your individual carbon footprint using the “Carbon Footprint Calculator” at https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/carbon-footprint-calculator/?redirect=https-301
  1. PATRONIZE AND INSIST ON EMERALD GREEN, OCEAN BLUE RESTAURANTS, AND OTHER BUSINESSES
If you own a business in town, please consider registering as an Emerald Green, Ocean Blue Business. It’s free! Take a look at the requirements here: https://www.emeraldkeepers.org/restaurants
Other Businesses: https://www.emeraldkeepers.org/businesses
 
Thank businesses for being Emerald Green, Ocean Blue! Suggest restaurants register with Emerald Keepers. With so much take-out, we need our restauranteurs to think and act as Emerald Keepers. No plastics; don’t just throw in unwanted plastic single-use utensils—ask if they are needed; be good stewards of our beach community.
  1. GRAB A BUCKET AND PICK UP LITTER
When you pick up litter, you keep it out of the ocean. Emerald Keepers is partnering with National Geographic to double your impact! When you pick up trash using the Marine Debris Tracker App, you become a citizen scientist by adding to the marine debris database. Learn how to download and use the app below. Be sure to register under Emerald Keepers so we have a list of debris collected in our community! 
https://www.emeraldkeepers.org/marinedebrisapp
  1. 50 THINGS YOU CAN DO!
For a list of 50 things you can do to be an Emerald Keeper click here: https://www.emeraldkeepers.org/earth-day-challenge

Celebrate Earth Day – April 22, 2021– by committing to some of the sustainable practices on the list.
 
Our Emerald Read will be announced on EARTH DAY!
  1. READ THESE BOOKS
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
The Story of More by Hope Jahren
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Uninhabitable Earth – Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
  1. SIGN EMERALD KEEPERS PLEDGE
Please visit emeraldkeepers.org and sign our simple Pledge to be an Emerald Keeper! Together, Coronado can become a true Emerald City – Emerald Green, Ocean Blue!
 
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
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