California’s Annual Coastal Clean Up Day!

Happy Coastal Clean Up Day to everyone around the globe!

Today I was a site-captain for Monterey State Beach in Seaside, California through the Save Our Shores Organization. I had around 43 participants raging from groups consisting of boy/cub scouts, co-workers, friends, students,  and families.

We collect around 173 pounds of trash, and 35 pounds of recycling over a 3 hour period (or less) of walking up and down the beach. The most common occurrence was cigarette butts- a whopping 774 in total. There were lots of plastic and Styrofoam pieces as well.

Monterey State Beach
Here's Me!
Another View of Monterey State Beach
My Geology Prof. From Last Semester Showed Up With His Family! (Thanks For Coming Doug Smith!)

Everything worked out great this morning! The weather was unbeatable- sunny warm and beachy (for once in’s very very rare we get this awesome weather here if you are not familiar with the location). I even got a sunglasses tan!

Overall I just hoped that I helped embed into the minds of those who participated how much we need to stop relying and using plastics. Luckily I had a lot of people sign 2 petitions- one to ban single-use plastic bags in Marina CA- and one to ban Styrofoam takeout boxes restaurants use in Monterey County (and instead use biodegradable to-go boxes which a lot of restaurants have already converted to using around Monterey).

I enjoyed this experience a lot and I hope to continue volunteering as a site captain every year- no matter which part of California I will be in next year. 🙂

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