On Thursday, I attended the Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman meeting in support of Smoke-Free Wrightsville Beach. It's been a month since the proposed ordinance to ban smoking on the beach strand was voted down 3-2. It was an exciting meeting as Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation was presenting a formal petition in support of the proposed smoke-free beach strand ordinance from the residents of Wrightsville Beach. I, once again, presented what I've been documenting at Wrightsville Beach along with the new research that Sara and I are doing regarding smoke-free beaches and their impact on cigarette litter to urge the WB BOA to adopt the ordinance to ban smoking on the beach strand.
When it comes to public speaking.... Truth is, I'm not much of a public speaker. In fact, I absolutely dread it! I was telling my friend Jason after the meeting that "when I first started this project, I really just expected to hand over everything I was doing to someone else." I thought that I could be the person that did the research and that was that. It was a nice thought, but it turns out that there isn't anyone else that I could've ever turned my work over to..... So yes, sometimes I'm uncomfortable. But, sometimes, we have to do things that make us uncomfortable to bring about the change that is needed.
I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that.
Then I realized that I am somebody.
20 minutes on April 16, 2012 at Access 34
Cigarette butts: 175
Total amount of cigarette butts removed from Wrightsville Beach, NC in 133 days: