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Thursday, May 18th was a pretty special day in San Diego.
Nearly 900 elementary school students and volunteers met at Mission Beach to do something about the abundance of litter that’s been blowing around.
For some of these students, it was their very first time at a beach.
Local non-profit, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD), recognized not only the need to bring kids out for the 24th Annual Kids’ Ocean Day, but they wanted to do it in as meaningful of a way as possible: engaging student volunteers from local Title 1 schools who, otherwise, may not have had the means to ever go to the beach.
And these students showed their special type of appreciation for the beach, alright.
With combined efforts made possible by sponsors such as California’s Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail grant program, Jimbo’s Natural Grocers, Outside the Lens, and more, the students and other volunteers (teams from Millennium Health, San Diego County Bar Association, HP Inc, and more) spent four hours removing heaps of litter and making a significant improvement to the health and beauty of San Diego’s natural environment.
Once the clean up was complete, the participants formed a beautiful aerial art image of a snorkeler, jellyfish, sea star, garibaldi and the words “Come Together”.
There will be more of these special days in San Diego.
In fact, ILACSD’s next cleanup, with Council member Lorie Zapf, will take place at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay on Saturday, June 10th, from 9am-noon. To get involved in this event, or any of the other hundreds that ILACSD hosts each year, visit the ILACSD website.
Like each person was needed to complete the figures of the living sea star, snorkeler or garibaldi on Kids’ Ocean Day, you as an individual play a crucial role in keeping our environment healthy.
There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans. We’ve been told that if the world continues as is, it is estimated that pieces of plastic will soon outnumber fish in the ocean.
In 2016, ILACSD mobilized over 33,000 volunteers who removed nearly half a million pounds of debris from San Diego County.
Now is the time to make your difference.
And with the help of the team at ILACSD, we think your difference will be quite something!