SAFEGUARD OUR ENVIRONMENT
INSPIRE AND WORK FOR A CLEANER, HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT. Our planet is in crisis. Our ocean level is rising. As trendsetters and innovators here in Malibu, let’s think globally, act locally and take a closer look at our stewardship patterns. Eight years ago, I had a debilitating health crisis that brought me to my knees and taught me the value of healthy living and living in connection with our environment, our land, our night skies, clean air, and clean water. Now, I am healthy again. I like to run and recently I finished the Malibu Marathon. I love to bike, and I like to see a safer PCH become a reality. I am a surfer, and want to keep our ocean clean. I love to garden and I am a beekeeper! Growing our own food has connected me with our earth in a whole new way.
BANNING RODENTICIDES AND SEEKING GREEN ALTERNATIVES. Looking at the larger picture, if we do not pay careful attention to our City’s environment, we will lose what we most love here in Malibu. For example, anticoagulant rodenticide is a rat poison killing most of our wildlife higher on the food chain. I founded the 100 families strong Malibu Agricultural Society (MAGS) and last year we decided to stomp out anticoagulant rodenticides sale in Malibu to protect the interconnected food chain of our wildlife. Our campaign educated and cooperated with merchants to successfully remove those rodenticide poisons for sale in Malibu at all six stores it was being sold at.
The City of Malibu followed our lead in this effort and promptly passed a resolution against all city anticoagulant rodenticide use in Malibu and prohibiting anticoagulant rodenticide use throughout City parks. Within six months, much of the Conejo Valley has now followed suit. Malibu is now in the process of “re-wilding” as we restore our respect for our wildlife. Much work remains to inform residents of earth-friendly practices and green pest management alternatives. Our SMMUSD is still using rodenticide on our schools’ playing field. Neighbors surrounding the high school find wildlife poisoned. This is an example of why we could benefit from having a local school system making local decisions for our local environment. Yet, looking at what our Malibu Agricultural Society has accomplished in one year, I think of what is realistically possible for our city council with strong leadership!
CITY COUNCIL INDIFFERENCE TO MALIBU LAGOON DECIMATION. One great Ted Talk titled “For More Wonder, Rewild the World” by George Monbiot speaks to the advantage of stepping back and letting our ecosystem recover naturally, which we have learned the hard way. Lagoon project’s decision makers, which should have included the City, would have benefited from this wisdom. Malibu can be a nose rider in the global community of sustainability and planetary healing!
ADVOCATE FOR MARINE PROTECTION AREAS. I wrote letters in support of protecting our ocean waters and enactment of the Marine Protection Areas off our coast. My family and I gathered at local meetings and persevered through the adoption process. We took buses to Long Beach to speak out for marine life. Now we have several MPAs along our coast, and after three years, our sea bass and marine life populations are proliferating!
GREEN SOLUTIONS WITH CALTRANS. I am hearing our community wants our city to use green solutions with Caltrans, instead of herbicides on our roadsides and ocean bluffs. Caltrans sprays Round-up, glyphosate, on our roadways. We have an obligation to implement best-management practices. Together, we can achieve meaningful changes that improve how we protect our environment.