This is how we’re bringing a positive image to the Cannabis Culture
Plowing through the Plastic Pollution Problem
“With enough plastic on the Oceans surface to circle the Earth 425 times, or enough to go to the moon and back twice” , there’s no questioning a need to spend more time cleaning up our beaches, coastlines, and wildlife habitats. “The North Pacific represents nearly one third of the plastic pollution in all the oceans — with 92% coming from micro-plastics floating around .”
That means we’re at the center of the plastic pollution problem— boy, how’s that for a tongue twister? ‘Plastic pollution problem’…twister or not it’s a real concern we believe should be considered more.
Sunday evening we joined a small group of volunteers on the Northern California coast, Stinson Beach, CA to spend a few quality hours outside walking around picking up waste along the coastline. It was a quiet evening, we arrived to overcast skies which left the beach fairly empty, but not long after beginning the clouds dissipated into a beautiful sunset.
Why not volunteer?
- A). It’s part of our home and like most we appreciate a clean environment.
- B). We believe if something should be done we might as well be the ones to do it. If we turn a blind eye, by virtue how can we hope to expect others to clean up while we’re not? We believe the best way to hope for change, is to embody the behaviors we hope to see amongst our peers — like treating one another and our environment with respect — being nice without hoping to get anything in return. Kindness for kindness sake.
- C). Cannabis is more than it’s negative stigmas. We stand as a family amongst a community — actively participating in community meetings, outreach events, and in bolstering a positive image around the culture. By putting ourselves in the front of the public eye we get a chance to positively improve peoples perception of Marijuana users and what we stand for. It’s a grassroots philosophy but in the unstable environment we live in simple concepts and basic fundamental truths are a great tool to keep the ball moving forward in a positive direction.
Basic Principles Leave a Lasting Impact
When I was a boy my dad taught me to always leave our surrounding better than we found it. I took that to heart every time we went camping and needed to pack up before leaving — my siblings and I would grab a trash bag and scour the campsite until we left it cleaner than we found it. It’s a really simple principle that can have a tremendous impact over time.
The other night as we gathered to clean only a few people showed up. At first it seemed disheartening because we were hoping for a larger turn out but when I really stopped to think about it there wasn’t anything to be disappointed about. One of our contributing members was Nicole Klemaswith NPK Yoga — who in her own right is helping break negative stereotypes by offering Cannabis+Wellness yoga classes in San Rafael, CA, once a week.
A little goes a long way
We cleaned for a few hours and each picked up a decent amount of trash. Even if we’d just picked up one piece of plastic each it would have been better than none. When considering plastic waste and pollution it’s important to note that its going to remain sitting there poisoning our environment until its removed. Every little bit helps.
The best part of the experience outside the actual cleanup was the acknowledgement we received from other people on the beach. It mean’t people noticed, and by noticing now they might decide to do something similar in the future. It’s that kind of forward momentum that gets us excited. Todays world is full of unrest — thats no surprise, so when we’re able to do simple things that have a lasting impact on our community thats where we want to be found — for us business is more than a transaction; it’s about finding ways to serve our community — and for us it’s by cleaning up the home we love so much.
We’re aiming make this type of event a regular occurrence in Marin County. We’d like to do service projects once or twice a month. We want to keep it simple while also making it fun —we’re considering grabbing a trash bag and meeting for hikes, cleaning up as we go kind of thing. Making a difference and finding ways to give back doesn’t have to be complicated. We’d love to hear about some of the ways you give back?
Call to Action:
Tag the nicest person you know and explain why on our #NiceGuysMovement community on Instagram.