Who would we be without our beaches? Surf, sunbathe, or simply sit and stare, the sea is both a wonder and a life source. Yet it’s no secret that our oceans are in trouble. Pollutants like plastic marine debris adversely affect hundreds of marine species, sometimes threatening entire populations. Currently 86% of sea turtles are at threatened by plastic pollutants, leaving them at real risk for extinction. In spite of the Styrofoam and plastic bag bans, thousands of these items are collected each year from Santa Cruz beaches. While issues like these can seem overwhelming, when communities connect to address them, amazing things can happen.
This Saturday, September 15th from 9 – 12:00, join friends and neighbors for Save our Shores Santa Cruz Coastal Cleanup Day to take part in the largest volunteer event in California. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. Locally, 4,580 Save Our Shores volunteers rocked it last year by working together to pick up over 17,000 lbs. of pollution in just 3 hours! When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.
It’s easy to get involved and do your part to make a difference. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.saveourshores.org/what-we-do/accd-sc-county.php.
See you at the beach!