Heal the Bay Blog

Experts say that the best way to break an unhealthy habit is to replace it with a healthy one. And Heal the Bay is here to help you replace your plastic shopping bags with reusables as you shop this holiday season. To prepare, we’re busily organizi…
A Day With a Bag single-use plastic shopping bag ban reusable bags
Ruskin Hartley, Heal the Bay's chief executive officer, says the L.A. Aqueduct changed the world. But now we must change.
Ruskin Hartley, Heal the Bay's CEO, says trees in the Valley hold some valuable clues. I'm slowly exploring more of the greater Los Angeles area. Recently I drove over the mountain in Topanga to the San Fernando Valley. Before the switchbacks, a sign…
We had so much fun with our visitors on Sunday during the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Halloween and Dia de los Muertos festivities. Our first-ever Halloween parade was a smashing success (no pumpkins were injured in the process). Father-and-son Dr…
Halloween Parade on the Pier
Mark Gold, the former president of Heal the Bay, is part of a team at UCLA that released today a comprehensive policy brief about abating the never-ending stream of plastic marine litter. He serves as associate director of UCLA’s Institute of the E…
Heal the Bay CEO Ruskin Hartley reveals the magic of marine protected areas:
Joel Reynolds, the NRDC's Western Director and Senior Attorney and a longtime ally of Heal the Bay, offers a guest blog post about the good work being done by Team Marine at Santa Monica High School. One summer night in 1971 in Riverside, California,…
Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s director of coastal resources, is part of a special delegation of California ocean experts participating this week in a global conference about marine protected areas. Here’s her first report from France. I’ve now s…
Halloween always goes by too quickly for kids. There’s all that time deciding what you want to be, then there’s assembling the costume and all for one night of trick-or-treating. It’s enough to make a goblin grumpy.
Halloween Parade pals Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Dia de los Muertos costume
Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Director of Coastal Resources, heads to France to share the good news about our state’s blossoming Marine Protected Areas. If you’ve been lucky enough to go for a dive, surf, or kayak at the Channel Islands, it’s …
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