After the March for Science, come celebrate Mother Earth, the arts and science with us at the 2nd annual Pasadena eARTh Festival.
30 Days for the Earth Action
Say, “No Straw Please”
Every day over 500 million straws are used in the United States, polluting our waterways and endangering marine life. People have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, with little thought to the plastic pollution generated by this wasteful habit.
That’s why for this year’s 30 Days for the Earth action, we’re promoting The Last Plastic Straw initiative, which encourages individuals to eliminate their use of plastic straws (and other single-use plastic) and to push for change in restaurant protocol and practices. It’s easy. Simply say “no straw, please,” when you go out to eat. Want to take it a step further? Let local eateries know you’re concerned about plastic pollution and encourage them to only serve straws on request or better yet to stop serving plastic straws entirely. You can also bring your own reusable straw, made from glass, bamboo, silicone or steel.
But the first step is to simply say, “No straw, please.” Let’s join the movement to fight plastic pollution by making changes in our personal habits and our local community! Take the pledge here.
Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their life. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. Often we get stuck on the immensity of such a project. This workshop
will help to make that desire a reality.
This workshop will help participants to decide what to write about their lives using a method Michael calls “palm-of-the-hand” writing, after the “palm-of-the-hand” stories of Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. After deciding on story possibilities, the method presented helps focus the writer’s energy into completing short individual pieces about their life.
Michael Czarnecki will lead this workshop that he developed nearly a dozen years ago. Since then he’s presented scores of workshops introducing this method to countless numbers of writers. There are many groups around the country now meeting regularly sharing their Palm of the Hand Memoir writings. Suggested donation: $5.