Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 263 - March 5, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
2 pounds
971.2 pounds total 

I met my friend Danielle who writes It Starts With Me over a year and a half ago when she came out with her family onto the beach here in Santa Monica with me for a Daily Ocean beach cleanup. She went home and started her own Daily Ocean, which is exactly my hope for anyone who wishes to. Of all the people who have lent their hands to this, Danielle has put forth the most stunning, consistent effort. She's collected over 40,000 butts from her local beach in just over 100 days! 
Here's a quote from her latest post. She needs our help! We'll give it, won't we?

"Interesting fact time!  In 122 days, doing 20 minute beach clean ups.... we've picked up 40,827 cigarette butts off of Wrightsville Beach.  That averages out to picking up nearly 17 cigarette butts every minute! YIKES!  Houston Wrightsville Beach: We have a problem.  The hearing for the proposed smoking ban on Wrightsville Beach is exactly a week away.  Please mark your calendars for March 8.  The meeting starts at 6 PM.... and we need everyone that supports our efforts to show up to the meeting.  We can do this TOGETHER!! :)" - IT STARTS WITH ME

Please sign this SURFRIDER action alert. We can lend our names even if we can't fly to N.C. on March 8th to be there in person for their local meeting deciding on whether or not to ban smoking along their stretch of coastline. 

Before this sunset blew my mind, I watched a small pod of dolphins close to shore. Nights like these make me so glad I started this blog. If not me, then who will stand up for this place I love?