The ocean is life! Are you comfortable with your seasons? Do you like breathing air? Do you think the animals in the ocean are beautiful? If you’re a normal human being you would say yes to all three and also should know that our oceans are suffering, mostly due to human activity. There are a few things we could do at home to contribute to ocean health, such as ditching plastic and microbeads, switching to biodegradable soap, and sourcing your seafood from farmed to wild-caught. But there are also events in San Diego that are contributing to our ocean and water health. Below is a list of things you can do this month to participate in cleaning up our waterways!
SAN DIEGO COAST KEEPER BEACH CLEANUPS
Join the CoastKeepers on Jan 13th at 9 am at Ponto Beach, Carlsbad for a beach cleanup.
From I-5 North or South: Exit at Poinsettia Lane and head west. Turn left (south) onto Carlsbad BLVD (Coast Highway 101) and continue to South Carlsbad State Beach parking area on the right just before the hill. If you pass La Costa Ave, you’ve gone too far.
Beach Cleanup Information
- Meet at the location described, and look for the blue Coastkeeper pop-up tent. That’s where you’ll start your morning by signing in and borrowing cleanup supplies.
- We will have supplies on hand, but by bringing your own reusable gloves, reusable bag/bucket and/or reusable water bottle, we create less waste in order to remove it.
- Please wear comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes and sunscreen. All volunteers (individuals as well as groups) are welcome to participate and must sign this liability waiver. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the beginning of the cleanup to sign a liability waiver before the minor can participate.
- Registration is not required unless a group is larger than 25 people – to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As a volunteer, you play an active role in determining the sources of trash on our beaches. During the cleanup, please be prepared to fill out a data card detailing the types of trash that you collected, and make sure to have your trash weighed when you return to the registration table at the end of the cleanup.
SAN DIEGO RIVER FOUNDATION
This activity takes place on Jan 27th at 9 am at Dog Beach
The Friends of the San Diego River Mouth, a chapter of the San Diego River Park Foundation, needs volunteers with an interest in helping to save and restore one of the last remaining Coastal Dune and Wetland Habitats in San Diego. Over 95% of these habitat areas no longer exist in California. Home to many endangered birds, fish, and mammals this area needs your help to remain as a viable habitat area. An educational walking tour will be included.
Activities include: invasive plant removal, native plant rescue, watering and care of recent plantings, trail maintenance and litter removal. All tools and supplies are provided. Community service hours can be verified for those that need them. Be sure to dress in clothes that can get a little dirty and wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops allowed for safety reasons.
Volunteers will meet in the grassy area just inside the Dog Beach parking lot in Ocean Beach at the western end of Voltaire Ave. For more info or to RSVP call 619.297.7380 or email email@example.com