CALIFORNIA COASTAL CLEANUP DAY!
Coming soon to a beach near you! International Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 20th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Last year, over 648,000 volunteers in 92 countries picked up 12.3 million pounds of trash. Last year in California, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Now it’s your turn! Get involved and help the ocean! This event is open to volunteers of all ages. Pre-registration is not required. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!
For those in California- visit the Project Clean Water website for a list of participating beaches!
Not in California?-visit the Ocean Conservancy website to see beach cleanup locations near you!
WHY ARE BEACH CLEANUPS IMPORTANT?
Vast amounts of plastic debris litter the world’s oceans causing all manner of harm, and most of this debris comes from land. Our beaches are collecting spots for trash from city streets and highways. Trash travels – via inland waterways, storm drains, sewers, and on the wind, and eventually ends up on the coast. If not removed, this debris will end up in the ocean. Beach cleanups are a last line of defense – to prevent debris from causing harm to our oceans, to wildlife, to our coastal economies, and even to beach-goers (ouch!). Learn more about the issue of marine debris on the Coastal Commission website.
Here at Santa Barbara Adventure Company, we like to do our part and participate in local clean-ups and clean-ups at the Channel Islands. This year, celebrate your beach clean-up with a Kayak Tour in the harbor or a Stand Up Paddle Boarding lesson!