There is a constant flow of nuclear radiation, oil, pesticides, fertilizers, toxins, and trash flowing into our oceans every day. As a chance to show some respect to our loved oceans, many will be heading to beaches all over the world for coastal cleanup day Saturday, September 21st.
The California Coastal commission first organized Coastal Cleanup day in 1985. Oregon resident Judie Neilson had the idea for the program when she noticed all the trash on her local beach. It started with an idea and little over 2,000 volunteers. By 1986 Coastal Cleanup Day spread to the beautiful shores of California. By 2013, the Cleanup has grown to over 500,000 volunteers internationally picking up 18,000 miles of coast and 10 Million pounds of trash.
Santa Monica’s Coastal Cleanup event will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT). The cleanup will be from 9-10:30 with events following.
Even if you are not able to participate in the coastal cleanup day, here are 16 things you do to help keep our oceans clean and safe.
1. Take care of the beach by participating in beach cleanups such as Nothin' But Sand, Adopt-A-Beach, Coastal Cleanup day and Corporate Healers.
2. Do not interfere with wildlife or their habitat.
3. Be aware of your seafood choices, eat sustainable seafood.
4. Use and buy less plastic.
5. Recycle every piece of trash that you can.
6. Pick up trash including stuff that is not yours.
7. Carry a small trash bag in your car just in case.
8. Embrace public transportation.
9. Use reusable green bags instead of accepting a paper or plastic bag.
10. Be conscious of what you buy try to use products with minimal packaging and avoid products with unnecessary extra packaging.
11. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or shave.
12. Pick up after your pets when you take them to the beach.
13. Cut back on fertilizer, rain runoff eventually winds up in the ocean.
14. Buy organic produce. The pesticides used in regular farming are also finding their way into the ocean.
15. Choose non-toxic household cleaning supplies.
16. Keep your local waterways clean.
Ocean Conservancy: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/
California Coastal Commision: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/steward/quick_pledge.html