THE LAST STRAW
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 6 pm | Free Admission
500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 billion a year filtering into landfills and littering our waterways and oceans.
Kathi King, Director of Outreach and Education at the Community Environmental Council
Kathi King grew up in Oxnard and she is married to her Oxnard High School sweetheart. Together they attended San Diego State University and lived in Los Angeles for many years, working in the television industry. They moved to Santa Barbara in 1998 with their two young children. Kathi took post-graduate courses in Environmental Studies at Santa Barbara City College and has worked at the Community Environmental Council since 2008. Her job includes advocating for single use plastics reduction and organizing the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival.
Todd Vasquez-Housley, Environmental Resources Division Manager, City of Oxnard
Juli represents the Ventura County Chapter of Surfrider, whose aim is to protect our ocean, waves and beaches. Juli has been a member of Surfrider since 2011 and is the Lead for the Plastics Free Ventura Campaign, Co-Chair of the Rise Above Plastics and Beach Clean Up Programs, Co-Chair of the Hold On To Your Butt Campaign to combat cigarette litter and a Member at Large of the Chapter's Executive Committee.
My name is Cynthia Hartley. I am a board member of the Ventura Audubon Society where I serve as Vice President of Conservation. Our mission is to conserve and restore habitat for all species, with a focus on birds, which we believe benefits humanity and the earth’s biodiversity. Ormond Beach is a critical layover on the Pacific Flyway, it is what we call a globally Important Bird Area. This means hundreds of bird species and thousands of individuals birds migrating between the north and south continents stop there to rest and refuel. The focus of our Shorebird Recovery Program is two species of beach nesting endangered birds, the California least tern and the western snowy plover. Their nesting habitat is critical to many species, and not only birds. There are several endangered mammals, reptiles, insects and plants that depend on this habitat. By protecting plover and tern habitat we are benefiting the entire sandy dune ecosystem. Each nesting season we find and monitor nests until they hatch or fail. If a nest fails, it’s our job to figure out why. For nests that hatch we find and track surviving chicks as long as possible. A big part of our work is to identify threats to nesting success and work with landowners to better protect the entire habitat. We have compiled over 16 years of data, which we report to State and Federal authorities to help inform how well recovery efforts are going.
Join us for an inspiring evening of positive change with a screening of the documentary, STRAWS. With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, the film leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution.
Enjoy refreshments, a special Q&A, and art inspired by the film.
We'll be giving out free stainless steel water bottles while supplies last and there will be a juried art exhibition by students in the City of Oxnard's After-school Recreation Program.