This month on September 16, thousands of Californians will join to clean up their local beaches, creeks, rivers and lakes for the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year’s event drew some 60,000 people who removed more than 8,000 pounds of trash from beaches, rivers and parks throughout the state.
“It’s hard to believe some people actually leave their garbage on the beach or throw trash in rivers and creeks, but it unfortunately does happen,” says Thousand Oaks resident Lori Luck, adding, “thankfully, we have thousands of conscientious citizens who care enough about keeping our environment clean and devote hours of their weekend to help keep our waterways clean.”
An Ongoing Affair
For more than three decades, people of all ages have turned out to support Coastal Cleanup Day by cleaning up trash and debris from local waterways.
In addition to area beaches, Coastal Cleanup Day includes clearing rubbish from many inland sites, such as rivers, creeks, lakes and parks.
“I don’t like to see so much trash tossed into the rivers and creeks in my city. Don’t people realize this trash hurts wildlife? By helping clean up, I feel like I’m doing my part to help clean up the environment,” comments Westlake Village teen Baylee Heximer, who participates in Coastal Cleanup Day with her family and friends.
Sadly, garbage often finds its way into our waterways through storm drains or other channels, emptying into the sea, polluting the water, contaminating soil, damaging delicate marine ecosystems and threatening marine life. Cigarettes, for example, can leak arsenic and harmful chemicals into the environment. Thankfully, thousands of volunteers gladly turn out to turn the tides on trash and clean up local beaches and waterways.
Sponsored locally by the Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways with the mission of “promoting clean and healthy beaches, rivers and creeks throughout Ventura County,” Coastal Cleanup DThis month on September 16, thousands of Californians will join to clean up their local beaches, creeks, rivers and lakes for the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year’s event drew some 60,000 people who removed more than 8,000 pounds of trash from beaches, rivers and parks throughout the state.ay has been recognized by the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest beach cleanup.
As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which includes some 800,000+ volunteers in 153 countries collecting more than 18 million pounds of trash, Coastal Cleanup Day demonstrates the power in numbers and shows the huge impact dedicated community volunteers can make when they unite to clean up the environment.
The event also raises awareness about pollution and provides a meaningful learning experience for all ages about people’s impact on the environment.
To take part in “the world’s largest volunteer day,” go to VCCoastCleanup.org and choose from over 20 sites in Ventura County scheduled for cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Students needing volunteer community service hours are encouraged to sign up and help the environment.
Coastal Cleanup Day aims to “engage people to remove debris from our beaches and waterways; to identify the sources of marine debris; and ultimately to change the behaviors that cause pollution.”
Visit VCCoastCleanup.org/cleanup-sites/ to find a site near you.