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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Labeling a product “recyclable” does not guarantee that it will be recycled. This is particularly true with plastic, which has many different forms – some more easily recycled than others. Of the estimated 35 million tons of plastic waste the U.S. generates each year, only 8.4% is recycled.

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (SBCK) have worked for more than a decade to reduce the Central Coast’s dependence on single use plastic. Together, we led a local coalition on regulatory advocacy, resulting in seven regional laws that reduce the distribution of plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam food containers. In 2019, we partnered with Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners and Tailors to help expand the impact of their film plastic collection program by tenfold.

Join us to learn about updates to the Ablitt’s program and review the dos and don’ts for our blue recycling bins. As we close out Plastic Free July, help us ensure the continued success of these programs.

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Plastic trash is invading every corner of our planet — impacting our waterways, oceans, soil, and alarmingly, even our air as tiny particles of airborne “dust.” At a time when we are acutely aware of the importance of a healthy body and strong respiratory systems, how can we decrease our dependence on single use plastic, especially as the fossil fuel industry works to triple its production by 2025?

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Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed in real time how shocks to the globalized food system impact one of the most basic human rights: the right to healthy, accessible food. Entangled in the global COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related disasters are layers of wealth, race, privilege and language that affect the ability of Central Coast communities to survive and thrive.

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COVID-19 disruptions have pushed personal transportation to an all-time low – instigating what hopefully will be some permanent shifts in our telecommuting habits. While it may seem counterintuitive to be investing in a new car at this moment, global impacts to the auto industry mean that affordable, more efficient electric vehicles are now more accessible than ever.

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Recently on Inside Julia’s Kitchen, a podcast of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, host Todd Schulkin talked with CEC’s SBC Food Rescue Coordinator Julia Blanton about food rescue and how it has been used to address food insecurity and put restaurants back to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, Julia shares her “Julia Moment”.

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CEC’s CEO Sigrid Wright recently joined TEDxSantaBarbara‘s Mark Sylvester to discuss the Five Important Trends for the Climate as part of TEDxSantaBarbara’s Making Waves: Conversations with Influencers and Disrupters.

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a community forum focused on climate change advocacy during the pandemic and the inter-generational activism that continues to build local momentum.

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A panel discussion including CEC CEO Sigrid Wright on how the nonprofit sector has been on the front lines supporting our communities through the COVID-19 crisis.

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