Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 163 - Oct. 17, 2010

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 minutes
4.6 pounds
659.4 pounds total

This is a picture of me and Emilia. She is a senior at Harvard-Westlake High School in the LA area. She came along tonight to take photographs of a beach cleanup for her photography class. It was so fun having her out there.

Thanks Emilia, for being interested in helping the oceans and creating art. Two things that I care about a lot. Probably why you asked to come along tonight...
Lewis and Clark would be crazy not to take you. Stay in touch!

Here is a link to her funny, well thought out blog - "THAT'S EXACTLY MY POINT"
It has been raining in Santa Monica a lot over the past week. I like it, but what I don't like is what it does to the bay. Especially that first flush of liter that comes through the storm drains and empties right into the ocean.

Team Marine of Santa Monica High was there to capture it with some sickening photos. They also did an emergency beach cleanup. They estimate that they collected around 200 pounds of trash from the beach. This estimate may be on the low side considering they stuffed - like have to stand on top of to pack down - stuffed four trash barrels worth. How much can an oil barrel sized trash can hold? Check it out.
Live in the LA area? Hey even the SoCal area? Come out to support the Los Angeles ban in single use plastic bags! If you would like to brush up on some of the reasons -- and there are many -- to ban these destructive things then watch BAG IT! first. I think it will make you want to call in sick to work that day and join us. Here's the info. We need a BIG turnout.

"Please mark your calendars for the Los Angeles County bag ban hearing on November 16th at the County Supervisors building downtown. The hearing starts at 9:30am"

What can I say under this picture???
We all know to cut these up, right?
I'm going to dedicate an entire post about this tomorrow, but I wanted to mention the BLUE MARBLE PROJECT that Wallace J Nichols started. He has more creativity to help the ocean than any person I've ever met.

"It's a simple idea: commit a random act of ocean kindness by sharing a blue marble forward with someone doing good things for our blue planet and tell them to do the same."