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“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. ” -Robert Swan
One thing that I am really passionate about is taking care of our planet. I really want Mia to grow up with that same passion and learn to respect the land we live on. We only have one planet and it’s so important that we take care of it. Since yesterday was International Coastal Cleanup Day, it was a great chance to go as a family and help the Surfrider Foundation during one of their beach cleanups!
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, CA, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. Approximately 50,000 pounds of marine debris is removed each year from the shoreline of Kauai alone, in which majority of that is recycled. If you are interested in getting involved with this foundation, whether it’s helping out at a beach closest to you or simply donating, you can visit their website at surfrider.org.
Mia is finally at a good age where we can start getting her involved with activities like this and I have to say, I was so proud of her yesterday! We stayed for about 2 1/2 hours to assist at the beach clean up and Mia actually helped out and kept up with us that whole time! Yesterday’s clean up took place at Nukoli’i Beach which is on the east side of the island, right down the street from where we live. Surfrider provided us with everything we needed once we arrived, they had gloves, buckets, bags, and water for everyone. We collected all of our supplies and we were off to clean! I wasn’t expecting to find as much debris as we did and it was pretty heartbreaking to see all of this trash on these beautiful beaches. Not only is this debris harming our oceans, but it’s harming the animals. We all have to start doing our part to take better care of this planet. Thankfully there are organizations like Surfrider who are committed to keeping the oceans and beaches in this world clean, but just because these organizations exist, doesn’t mean you should sit back and expect other people to clean up after you, each and everyone of us has to get involved!
I will definitely be talking more on the blog about my passion for this planet and what we can all do to take better care of it. I hope that maybe it will inspire some of you to get out there and make a difference or at least educate yourselves more on the ways we are destroying this planet, so stay tuned for more post! For now, take a look below at our photos from International Coastal Cleanup Day!
All of the photos below are of the debris we found in just the first hour. Some of these items were from people who had left their garbage behind on the beach, but most of it was washed up on shore and could have come from anywhere. It goes to show you that your trash is not just polluting the area you live in, but it’s effecting the entire world! Please make your self more aware of your trash and picking it up and more importantly learning to recycle and using materials that aren’t hazardous to our planet.