On Saturday, September 15th, Santa Barbara County residents are invited to go the beach and become part of the solution to marine pollution by participating in Coastal Cleanup Day. An international day of volunteer action, Coastal Cleanup Day offers community members a chance to give back to the beautiful beaches that make Santa Barbara County such a wonderful place to live.
Last year 1,089 Santa Barbara County volunteers picked up 4,635 lbs. of trash and 1,433 lbs. of recyclables. Let’s make 2018 a huge success by removing more trash off our beaches!
“The ocean needs us! Research shows that more than 800 species are impacted by plastic marine debris and that eight million tons of plastic are released into the oceans worldwide each year. If you’re concerned by these numbers, please join us! Coastal Cleanup Day is a fun and easy way to make a positive impact. On September 15th, go to your favorite beach, sign in with the Beach Captain on hand, and start your cleanup. We encourage people to bring their friends and families because, unfortunately, there’s enough trash for everyone!” says Jill Cloutier, Explore Ecology’s PR Director and Co-Coordinator of Coastal Cleanup Day.
Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is the largest international volunteer effort. Every year on the third Saturday in September, people around the globe join together to make a stand for their oceans and waterways.
The United Nations Clean Seas Campaign estimates that there are 51 trillion micro-plastic particles in the ocean today. Some of it floats on the surface, while much of it litters the deep sea. This debris can injure and entangle animals and is ingested by fish, birds, and other marine life with dire consequences for their health. Plastic marine debris is now working its way up the food chain. In California, 25% of all fish, 33% of all shellfish, and 67% of all ocean species contain plastics, primarily micro-plastics. How can we combat this problem? One solution is to clean our beaches before plastic litter has a chance to make its way to the ocean.
Volunteers of all ages can participate at any of the 2018 cleanup sites. Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged. All participants who register for Coastal Cleanup Day before the event will be entered in our CCD Ocean Lovers’ Raffle with prizes from Patagonia, REI, A Frame Surf Shop, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Mountain Air Sports, Okeanos Swim, Paddle Sports, Surf Happens, Surf N Wear, and the Boathouse Restaurant. To register, 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 by calling Jill at (805) 884-0459 x13. Invite your friends to attend on Facebook by clicking here or visiting https://www.facebook.com/SBCoast.
Explore Ecology is encouraging volunteers to BYO- bring your own reusable gloves, bags or buckets, and reusable water bottles to reduce waste and decrease the plastic footprint of the cleanup.
With more than 27 sites to choose from, isn’t it time to show your favorite beach or creek some love?
Beach captains will be at the following sites in Santa Barbara County:
Arroyo Burro Beach
Carpinteria State Beach
East Beach - at Chase Palm/S Calle Cesar Chavez
East Beach- Anacapa Street
East Beach- Garden St.
East Beach- Volleyball Courts
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 year, volunteers can put their cell phones to good use, by installing the Clean Swell App on their phone. Participants can use the App to record the trash they collect and share their effort with family and friends. Clean Swell will instantaneously upload to 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.
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.
For those who want to continue cleaning up Santa Barbara beaches after CCD, they are welcome to join Explore Ecology at their Monthly Beach Cleanups on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Arroyo Burro Beach from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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.