Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 348 - Oct. 24th, 2012

lifeguard tower 26, Ocean Park – Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
1.1  pounds
1,292.6 pounds total

5 cigarette butts

Danielle who writes the IT STARTS WITH ME blog is going to do 365 beach cleanups too! I'm so thrilled. We compare how many cigarettes we pick up on our respective beaches in 20 min.. 

Last count for Danielle - 582 cigarettes in 20 min. 

I got 5 on the same day here in Santa Monica. 

Oct. 24th was my birthday. I got an acupuncture treatment, talked to my best friend from college who lives in Maine, and went out to dinner with my husband and friends. Between acupuncture and dinner I went for a beach cleanup.
“I bet it sounds strange that I’m going to do a beach cleanup on my birthday,” I said to Diane my acupuncturist as I left her office.
“No,” she said, “It’s what you really enjoy doing. Doesn’t sound strange at all.”

Picking up Band-Aids makes my day? No, not that literally, but it recharges me to do something about an issue I care about – clean oceans.

My promise – action feels so much better than inaction. Feeling overwhelmed when you hear about the trash accumulating in our oceans? 

Could you cleanup your neighborhood even if you live far from the sea?

 Because as Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Center said at Santa Monica College this week, “The ocean is downhill from everything and everything rolls downhill.”