Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 292 - June 13, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
8.5 pounds
1,096.5 pounds total 

0 cigarette butts

Summer is here! 

And with it, trash on the sand. There's also so much washing up on our beach right now that I cringe. My average weight per collection is 4 pounds. Tonight I doubled that and then some.

An unopened bottle of Gatorade that probably got launched overboard by accident and ended up here. 
In the recent BBC/Lonely Planet special, CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE host Dominic Bonuccelli uncapped a scavenged bottle of fruit juice taken off the bottom of Avalon Harbor in Catalina. He took a swig and lived to tell about it! 

He also hit the zip-line, taking in island vistas to steal your breath away before coming to Santa Monica. 
I met him when he came out for a Daily Ocean beach cleanup with me. 
They also stopped by Heal the Bay's Aquarium!

It was such a pleasure to be a part of TV programming making a difference. The episode gives you a taste of the natural beauty, and high octane outdoor adventure surrounding us in Southern California. But it gives you the tools and inspiration to make a difference as you travel along our awe inspiring coast. This lesson of leaving a place better than when you found it can be taken anywhere, and should. 

The program will re-air on BBC America 
- Sunday July 1, 8 AM 
- Wednesday July 11, 8 AM
- Sunday July 29, 9 AM

Over 5,000 kids attended Kids Ocean Day on Dockweiller Beach in LA. a couple of weeks ago! 

"Over 5,000 Los Angeles kids, teachers and volunteers form a massive kid designed shark and shield to say "Defend the Sea"from everyday plastic trash as part of the 19th annual Kids OceanDay Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up sponsored by the Malibu Foundation,City of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission in Los AngelesJune 7, 2012. 

The kids are alerting the world about the need to protect the ocean from the everyday trash and plastic litter that flows down streets, killing marine life and polluting food resources."