On New Year’s Day, as I’ve done for the past 9 years, I immersed myself in the icy ocean. I think of this polar bear plunge ritual as a sort of reset. Whether the group of fellow plungers that joins me is small or large, I’m always filled with a deep sense of possibility. If we can motivate ourselves to leave warm beds on New Year’s Day and do something so bold, what else can we accomplish this year?
Many people make resolutions for the year. What’s on your list? After the indulgent holiday months, maybe you’ve committed to a new diet and exercise plan, or a tighter budget. Perhaps you will finally finish that project or change that bad habit. In the spirit of the New Year, here are a few of my resolutions for the Bay. Feel free to add them to your list.
1. Explore – The San Francisco Bay area has an incredible wealth of open spaces. Explore a new section of the Bay Trail, take a bike ride, or visit our local parks. Exercise outside and cross two items off your list!
2. Try new things – Looking for a fun and free activity? Come plant with Save The Bay this season. It’s easy to sign up to volunteer online and we have public programs every week. Explore a new part of the Bay and volunteer at a different site each month.
3. Kick the plastic bag habit – Fortunately, plastic bag bans have passed in dozens of communities around the Bay, and they are working to reduce toxic trash from flowing into our waterways. These ordinances help motivate us to remember our own bags. Check out our tips to kick the bag habit.
4. Keep learning – Are you curious about San Francisco Bay? Explore the environment, history, and species of the Bay from your own computer. Visit our Virtual Marsh.
5. Enjoy the view –The next time you find yourself with a stunning view of the Bay, take a moment to appreciate our great natural treasure. Feel grateful for the pioneers who fought to protect our Bay over 50 years ago, and make a commitment to another year of saving the Bay. Snap a photo and share it.