Sunday, June 17, 2007

Things you can do to help

Visit these parks. If you ignore them, they will go away.

Report littering. Call the Long Beach Parks Department at (562) 570-3100. Yes, they DO want to hear from you!

Join a Coastal Cleanup. These occur at nearly all the parks described in this site. The beaches have cleanups at least once a month. At the very least, people who watch you pick up litter will think twice about their trash. The Parks Department runs a number of clean-up, tree-planting, and restoration activities throughout the year.

Garden wisely. Use native plants (or at least, native-friendly plants), which require very little fertilizer, pesticides or water. A list of plants for the Palos Verdes Peninsula has been developed by the California Native Plant Society--all these plants are suitable for Long Beach as well!
You can purchase native plants from these sources (at least, at certain times of year).

Be a responsible pet-owner. Snip snip snip. Scoop scoop scoop.

Join an environmental group. Here's a list of great organizations that are helping out in Long Beach.

Be a good citizen. Vote. Call/write/email your elected officials (senate representative governor state assembly state senate city council mayor) and the newspapers (LA Times Press-Telegram The Grunion/Downtown Gazettes The District), as well as local blogs LBReport Long Beach Politics.

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