Last weekend I participated in California’s Coastal Cleanup Day.
A group of Chapman Students got together and worked this clean up. We all walked to the creek bed site and volunteered for 3 hours picking up trash.
In the recent statistics Volunteers removed around 600,000 pounds of trash. Of this amount between 360,000 – 480,000 pounds came from inland sources.
Cleanups in creek beds like the one I participated in help decrease the amount of trash that goes out to sea. If this debris is not removed it can harm or kill wildlife, damage our economy, and can become a health hazard.
What was found
- Cigarette butts
- Plastic bags
- Bottle Caps
I was truly disgusted by the amount of trash that was found in the creek bed. We found the things listed above as well as a mattress, a shopping cart, condoms, and electronics.
Inland to Ocean
The trash from inland ends up in our ocean. This creates pollution and is not good for the wildlife who live there naturally.
The video below describes the Pacific Garbage Dump and I would recommend watching it so you can be more educated on what happens to trash that goes into our oceans.
For our enjoyment
The beach is a place for fun and enjoyment, for tranquility and peace.
Our society views the ocean as such a magnificent place and yet mistreats it.
Society needs to take responsibility and take initiative to dispose of things properly, whether it be in the trash, recycling, or e-waste.
If you would like to help find a coastal clean up near you.
California’s Costaweeks are September 17-October 9
Food For Thought
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient, One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea.”
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh