We love our oceans. We love the sea creatures that call it home. But what we love even more, is when both of those are clean, healthy, and happy. Because we can’t convince every human in the world to live a plastic-free life, recycle, reduce waste, and abstain from littering, our beloved coasts become sprinkled with trash which then makes its way into the ocean and pollutes the place that many creatures call home. Of the top ten items collected from the past cleanups, five of them were plastic products. Today, plastic has been found in 62 percent of all sea birds and in 100 percent of all sea turtle species. What are you going to do about it?
We try our best to educate the community on the negative effects of plastic pollution on the environment as well as participate in beach cleanups to do our part to take care of the place we call home, which brings us to spreading the word about International Coastal Cleanup Day. This international event is taking place on September 16, 2017. It is one of the world’s largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves, and beaches. This global movement started in 1986 and was created by nonprofit, Ocean Conservancy. Since then, nearly twelve million people have participated in this annual event, and we expect many more this year! Some of our favorite nonprofits, including Surfrider Foundation, and Coastkeeper, are hosting a variety of cleanups around the world and we are lucky to be co-hosting a cleanup at Huntington State Beach. Click HERE to signup to cleanup for this event.
After the cleanup at Huntington State Beach, volunteers are welcome to participate in Trash Free OC Jamboree, a free and educational event to celebrate the volunteers’ hard work. Enjoy some food, fun in the sun, and enter your name in a raffle for the chance to win a free surf lesson with Wavehuggers, a free reusable tote bag, and a free bamboo beach mat! For more information, click HERE.
Preserving the environment starts with you. Join us in protecting a place we all love and share.