I am an environmentalist. The things that I get the most enjoyment from are made possible by Mother Nature. I feel a transcendental connection to the planet which comes from the amount of time I have spent outdoors enjoying her gifts. I am an avid surfer, skier, and mountain biker. Most times when I walk in the mountains or on the beach, I carry a bucket to collect non- biodegradable material. This is a form of meditation for me. It’s a great way to start the day, knowing that I have done at least one small thing to make the planet a little better. It is not a secret that our planet is choking on plastics and other non-biodegradable materials that get discarded in massive quantities and end up in our oceans. Not only should we be more proactive in fighting against pollution in our city, but we can and should be a world leader in innovative solutions to correct this environmental catastrophe. We have a soapbox people, let’s use it! I also have innovative ideas to battle against the insidious and ever-worsening noise pollution in our city.