Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 141 - August 20, 2010

life guard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
13.5 pounds
Meet the author of AB 1998, Representative Julia Brownley. Hear her speak about getting her Plastic Bag Reduction Act passed this month in CA, and what you can do to help.
The average weight of one Daily Ocean cleanup is 4.1 pounds of trash -- mostly plastic -- in 20 minutes. And lets face it, plastic wrappers, bottles and other disposable plastic items don't often weigh too, too much...
My friend Danielle is on a mission to get cigarette butts banned in North Carolina. She's on Day 4, and it is staggering how many she finds in 20 min. She weighs all the trash she collects so I can add her to the Community Collection of The Daily Ocean. Then she separates out and counts the butts. GO DANIELLE!!
See her post on her fabulous blog, "IT STARTS WITH ME."

"20 minutes on August 18, 2010
Litter picked up by weight: 2 lbs 8 oz
Cigarette butts: 215

Total number of cigarette butts picked up off of Wrightsville Beach, NC in 4 days: 1,167"

A very interesting article popped up on the YAHOO homepage today. It talked about the "garbage patch" in the Atlantic Ocean. The Sea Education Association published an article about their findings in the journal, SCIENCE:

I try to keep my emotions about what I do here on The Daily Ocean to a minimum in my posts. I'd rather let what I find speak for itself. However, tonight it is hard to lift the heavy feeling that settled over me as I lugged the trash off the beach to my car so that I could weigh it.

13.5 pounds in 20 minutes is reverberating around in my head, making it hard to think about much else.