International Coastal Cleanup Day is the single largest volunteer event on the planet. Volunteers in over 100 countries around the world work together to remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways before it enters our oceans. In 2010, 6,043 Save Our Shores volunteers removed 14,612 lbs. of trash and 4,760 lbs. of recycling from beaches and waterways within Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in just 3 short hours. In California, 80,312 volunteers banded together to cleanup 953,476 lbs. of trash and 146,646 lbs. of recyclables, for a total of 1,100,122 pounds (results via www.coastal.ca.gov).
To help in this effort I registered our group to participate in a cleanup at Seabright State Beach as they didnt have volunteers for this site yet - so the help there was needed. We already do the Saratoga Creek cleanup in October so I thought going to the beach would be fun.
The Cleanup will take place on September 17th from 9-12PM. Seabright State Beach is located in Santa Cruz on East Cliff Drive across the street from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
Check-in for the cleanup will be located near the main entrance to Seabright Beach right off of East Cliff Drive across from the Natural History Museum. Bathrooms and drinking fountains are available onsite.
As part of Save Our Shores pollution prevention efforts, they are asking all volunteers to help reduce the use of disposable supplies. They encourage all volunteers to Bring Your Own ("BYO") reusable bags, buckets, and gloves to help lower the carbon footprint of this annual event. Also everyone should bring reusable water bottle for drinking. There will be garbage bags, latex gloves, data cards and pencils at the Cleanup if you forget to bring your own.
Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in the cleanup. The form is attached.
BONUS: Boys that participate will receive a “Coastal Clean-up” patch!
The boys should wear their Pack 43 t-shirts. Don't forget to bring water, hats and sunscreen.
Please let me know if you plan to attend or contact me if you have any questions! As the cleanup gets closer and attendance is confirmed we will coordinate a meeting spot.
Kristen Johansen (Ayden's mom)