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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.

The world is waking up to the need to protect our oceans, beaches, marine life and human health by reducing distribution of single use plastic items like food containers, straws, stirrers, cups and lids. Our region needs to join the countries of the European Union and Canada, states like Maine and Vermont, and other California cities like Berkeley, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and Palo Alto in drastic reduction of plastic—and soon.

Take The Plastic Free Pledge

Please join us for Plastic Free July to reaffirm our collective commitment to plastic reduction by filling out the pledge form below.

2020 Plastic Free July Events

CEC Webinar Series – Eating, Drinking and Breathing Plastic
July 8, 2020 – Zoom

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?

In this webinar, we’ll explore how CEC and partner Santa Barbara Channelkeeper have been working for over a decade to reduce the Central Coast’s dependence on single use plastic. This event will focus on the connection between our health and plastic at a time when the industry is using the pandemic crisis to roll back regulations on plastic bags and other packaging.


CEC Webinar Series – Film Plastics
July 29, 2020

Details and registration link coming soon.

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