California Coastal Cleanup Day
"California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 60,000 volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways each year. It brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Help by joining in the fight to preserve wildlife by taking trash out of the environment. Volunteer alongside your families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, and service clubs. Plan to spend a day outside connecting with your community to celebrate California!
The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the US and International Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet!"
"Here along California’s Central Coast, Save Our Shores organizes 85 beach, river and inland cleanup sites. The success of Coastal Cleanup Day is determined by you! The more helping hands, the more pollution that's prevented from entering our beautiful ocean and endangering marine wildlife. Last year, our community of 3,148 volunteers managed to remove 10.5 tons of pollution from our shores.
Cleanup supplies are first come first serve. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable cleanup supplies to help reduce waste. For river cleanups, closed-toed shoes, rubber boots and heavy-duty gloves are recommended to help keep you clean and dry. Other important items to bring are your own water in a reusable bottle, sunscreen, a pre-signed safety wavier, a few friends and a BIG smile!"
"Surfrider Foundation chapters engage and motivate their communities to take action at local beach cleanups. The cumulative result is not only a cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions people can integrate into their lives to promote healthy beaches on a daily basis.
Some of the top five most commonly collected items on ICCD last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws, respectively. All are forms of plastic debris. The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare. Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc on wildlife and the ecosystem."
We are grateful to these, and all, coordinating organizations and volunteers for their time and effort.