Santa Barbara: Become part of the solution to ocean pollution on Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 21st, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. An international day of volunteer action, Coastal Cleanup Day offers community members a chance to give back to their favorite beach. With 27 sites from Carpinteria to Guadalupe, Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) unites our community for a common cause – clean beaches!
Research shows that 33% of shellfish, 25% of fish, and 67% of marine species in California contain plastics, primarily micro plastics. With statistics like these, it’s easy to feel hopeless about how much plastic trash is in the ocean. Participating in CCD is an effective way to make a difference and take a stand against marine debris!
“Coastal Cleanup Day is empowering because we can see the direct results of our actions. It might not seem like much- to go to the beach and pick up trash for a few hours. But, when thousands of us join together, we can make a huge difference! Last year, 1,149 Santa Barbara County volunteers picked up 3,530 lbs. of trash and 971 lbs. of recyclables. We’re hoping to make 2019 an even bigger success!” says Jill Cloutier, Explore Ecology’s PR Director. “Plus, when you volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day, you’re not only cleaning the beach, you’re also joining the largest volunteer effort in California. There’s nothing like being outside on a beautiful day, hanging out with friends and family, and doing something good for the environment!”
Volunteers of all ages can participate at any of the 2019 cleanup sites. Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged. To sign up, visit ExploreEcology/Coastal-Cleanup-Day.org. Each site will have a Beach Captain who will provide necessary instructions and supplies. Visit Explore Ecology’s website for more information at ExploreEcology/Coastal-Cleanup-Day.org or call Rachel at (805) 884-0459 x16. Invite your friends to attend on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/SBCoast.
Explore Ecology is encouraging volunteers to BYO- bring your own- reusable gloves, bags or buckets, and water bottles to reduce waste and decrease the cleanup’s plastic footprint.
Volunteers can install the Clean Swell App on their phones and use the App to record the trash they collect. Clean Swell will instantaneously upload to the Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database. These data deliver a global snapshot of ocean trash, providing researchers and policy-makers insight to inform solutions. Visit the statewide Coastal Cleanup website for links to download the app. There will be also Data Sheets at each beach for those who don’t want to or are unable to use the app for recording their trash.
Beach captains will be at the following sites in Santa Barbara County:
Arroyo Burro Beach
Carpinteria State Beach
Gaviota State Beach
Isla Vista Streets
Jelly Bowl Beach
Refugio State Beach
Rincon County Beach (Bates)
Santa Claus Lane
Smugglers Cove (Channel Islands)
Zanja De Cota Creek
This statewide event is presented by the California Coastal Commission. In Santa Barbara County, the event is organized by Explore Ecology, with the support of the County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery and Waste Management and the Cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta and with the help of many non-profits, businesses, and generous individuals.
About Explore Ecology: Explore Ecology is an environmental education and arts nonprofit that works with over 30,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens Program. For more information, visit ExploreEcology.org.