It’s time to dust off those sand buckets and bring them to the nearest coastline this Saturday! It’s the annual 2012 Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15th. For the first time ever- I am going to be participating in a “dive” cleanup at the Santa Monica Pier with a great organization, Heal The Bay. So while people are cleaning up on the beaches, I’ll be looking for hidden treasure on the bottom of the sea and collecting it in a netted bag. I’ve had friends in Monterey Bay do a pier cleanup last year and it’s astounding the type of things they found on the bottom of the ocean! From car engines, to kitchen sinks..people need to understand that the ocean isn’t a giant garbage disposal. Hopefully, I’ll get to borrow a friend’s Go Pro underwater HD camera- then I could come back here and show you everything I picked up! Maybe I will even capture some cool marine life while I’m down there 😉
I haven’t been diving since my time abroad in Australia in 2009- my dive gear has been neglected for awhile but I’m so ready to jump into the ocean (especially for such a good cause)! I’m diving with my friend from CSUMB Alex Olson- he’s pretty much a very very experienced diver..I feel in good ‘dive buddy’ hands haha.
If you live in California, be sure to check out the link below to find the closest cleanup location to where you live!
CALIFORNIA SIGN UP: Check here to find a cleanup site near you
Even if you don’t live near a beach or the ocean- you can still participate! Rivers and lakes still are at risk from pollution. Go find a body of water and I’m sure there’ll be some trash to pick up and you would have done your part on this great day! Although, you should REALLY pick up trash whenever you see it on the ground or ocean no matter what day it is.
Keep our planet clean! Throw your trash away please (not on the streets..).
BONUS QUESTION: What’s the most common piece of trash found on coastal cleanups (don’t cheat and Google it!)?
(You’ll get a shout out in my next blog post if you guess correctly!)