By: Asma Mahdi
Summer is the season to have fun in the sun, and for many, the beach becomes the ultimate vacation destination. Unfortunately, that also means beach litter may be more common.
Save our Shores, a local non-profit organization in California’s central coast region, is taking action to help prevent marine debris from entering our ocean especially on holiday weekends. Last month, they hosted 11 cleanups in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties for their Star Spangled Banner Beach Cleanup, a post-Fourth of July clean sweep for the shoreline. A team of 41 volunteers, including Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane, handed out garbage bags to help stop debris at the source. The next day, 182 volunteers helped remove 2,000 pounds of debris in just 2 hours — a great gift to our blue planet.
Thank you to all the volunteers that committed their time to protecting the ocean and to Save our Shores for organizing a successful event!
Here’s a look at some of the cleanup efforts: