On Saturday, September 19, 2015 beach cleanups will be held all across the world as part of Coastal Cleanup Day. I will be joining the Surfrider Foundation West LA/Malibu Chapter in Santa Monica for their cleanup from 10am-noon. It will be followed by a donation-based beach yoga class noon-1pm. Details are below. I hope to see you there!
Can’t make it to Santa Monica?
If you live in California, check this Statewide Map for the cleanup site nearest you. Even if you do not live near the coast there are cleanups being held inland as well.
What is Coastal Cleanup Day?
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup Day, organized by Ocean Conservancy. Their goal is to stop the flow of trash at the source, before it has a chance to reach the water to endanger wildlife or ruin our beaches. In 2014, over half a million volunteers across 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pieces of trash. Here are some of the things found…
Why should I participate?
Although we need to keep our cleanup efforts up all year round, this event helps educate and bring attention to the impact each of us has on the ocean, no matter where you live. Our litter, cigarette butts, waste, fertilizers, etc. contribute to stormwater pollution and they all end up in the same place––our oceans. That is not good news for us beachgoers or for the marine life, which is why we need to prevent it from happening.
Click here for more stats from the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Just an hour or two of your weekend will make a big difference. Happy cleaning!