- Posted December 7, 2012 by
San Diego, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What was your best moment of 2012?
LOVE THE BEACH & LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE BEACH
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Most often though, I will offer to man a volunteer table where either Surfrider San Diego or Coastkeeper organizes clean-up events. Usually a couple hundred people will show up to these and their labor is what has helped keep our beaches and bays clean.
I will oversee volunteers signing the registration sheet or I will hand out the limited amount of grabbers that people like to use for picking up trash. Before groups hit the beach, I will give them "the talk." That means it is okay to wander along nearby alleys, streets, parks and gutters looking for refuse to dispose of. Also, part of "the talk" is a reminder to first time volunteers not to pick up any dead animals, birds, fish, or organic items like seashells, rocks or seaweed. This photo was taken this past Thanksgiving weekend, where a Coastkeeper clean-up netted 173 volunteers and 105 pounds of trash removed from the Ocean Beach jetty area..
There is such a feeling of satisfaction in being part of a unified group that works to help the environment. Most of us have heard all the scary stories: global warming, Pacific Trash gyres, extreme weather events. So being able to do something positive and affirming for Mother Earth is a very satisfying thing...all year long.