By Raquel Shantal
Resident, Solana Beach
On Monday, April 19, I attended the meeting of the Clean and Green Committee of Solana Beach. I was amazed at how knowledgeable the people on the committee were. It was very nice to see the City Council represented and all the speakers were very informative and inspiring. I have always wanted to live in a community that promoted an ecological lifestyle and it makes me very proud to be a part of such a vibrant green community.
I learned at the meeting how toxic cigarette butts are and how important it is to keep them from ending up in the ocean. Roger Boyd, a member of the committee, said he picked them up when he was walking his dog, and that is what I have started doing. I am so surprised to find so many in the street as I hardly see anybody smoking. The city has installed special containers, attached to the garbage cans, for cigarette butts around Plaza Street and Highway 101. Now I can see how important it is to "hold onto your butt!"
The members of the committee are very well informed as to the bills, having ecological consequences, which are being discussed in Congress. I try to lead a green life, but I have not paid much attention to what was going on at the state and federal level. But I intend to do so in the future. I can see that if you are going to think of yourself as a really green person, it is necessary to become an activist. There is much to be learned at the Clean and Green Committee of Solana Beach.