Every year, Heal the Bay organizes a day of education and action at 62 coastal and inland sites in Los Angeles County during California Coastal Cleanup Day. Participants learn how to prevent ocean pollution while improving their immediate neighborhoods. More than 14, 000 Southland volunteers are expected to pitch in, linking with simultaneous campaigns in 90 other countries. Site captains will organize a diverse mix of families, community groups, schools, faith-based groups, sports teams and businesses. This time around the date is Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers get a hands-on education about harmful marine debris and easy steps they can take throughout the year to keep local watersheds clean. Last year participants collected more than 300,000 pounds of debris – the equivalent weight of 60 Range Rovers. There are 25 inland locations. A Google map of all cleanup sites and related activities can be found at http://www.healthebay.org/ccd.
There are also other community building activities planned; Give Back to the Beach — a benefit food truck festival, the benefit LA Craft Beer Crawl curated by food critic Jonathan Gold, as well as a sunrise yoga session and three electronic waste drop-off/recycling collections.
Find out how you can get involved by contacting Matthew King, Heal the Bay, (310) 850-1145; [email protected]