HUG THE OCEAN, SHOW LOVE, LEARN, AND HAVE FUN
YOU are invited to join Ocean Girl Project volunteers on Sunday OCTOBER 20th as we clean the beach. The more hands, the bigger the impact we make. Let’s keep plastic from choking our seas. Show love for the ocean and the aina, join us and bring 2 friends!
7 things to bring:
- work/garden gloves
- your own plastic bags to recycle
- reusable bottle or cup
- snacks and/or potluck dish
Ocean Girl Project provides a shade tent, drink station, cotton
gloves, buckets and large rubbish bags. Also asking volunteers to bring something to share/eat and join us for a potluck picnic after.
Suggest: loose clothing, bathing suit and comfortable shoes or slippas.
We will be meeting 8:00am and cleaning til about 11 am- hope to see you there!! ps-YES you can join in anytime
Directions posted on facebook page.
Did you know?? Beach Cleanup’s are a great way to take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of debris and how we can prevent them, and have lots and lots of fun.
Ocean Girl Project- started 2008 by a group of surfers/volunteers from becausewesurf. With a desire to make surfing a fun, safe and respectful activity and we want to a difference in our ocean, community and Aina. Our hope, foster love and appreciation, enhance self-confidence and connect others to strong community support and fun healthy outdoor activities.
Mahalo for your endless positive energy and keeping the beaches of our grandparents and grandchildren clean.
Safely Clean 7 ways:
Remember that above all, common sense and ocean awareness will ensure that everybody has a safe and wonderful day at the beach,
- Do not pick up needles, syringes, dead animals, car batteries, tires or hazardous chemicals, let the team leaders know and we can contact the persons responsible to deal with it. Do not pick up anything unsanitary or that may contain body fluids. If you do not know what it is, or if it looks sketchy do not pick it up, let the team leader know please.
- Watch for broken glass, jagged metal, in tide pools and in the sand. Ask the team leader to help with broken glass, which goes into plastic tubs.
- Lift from your knees; ask others for help if it is a large or heavy object. Watch your step! Avoid walking on unstable or slippery ground or rocks.
- Use your gloves, wear sunscreen, drink water and take breaks
- Remember we have to carry bags back to the landing site for pick up, please do not overfill if possible.
- Avoid rubbing your nose, ears and eyes UGH! Your gloves are very dirty
- PLEASE Use the hand sanitizer immediately after returning to camp.
7 things YOU can do to make a difference
1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. Get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, water with rain.
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for over-exploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
3. Use Fewer Plastic Products
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.
4. Help Take Care of the Beach
Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.
5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.
6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.
7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.
8. Influence Change in Your Community
Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.
9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.
10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.
I know, I cheated, there are 10, and even more, what are yours???
What to do if you see debris in Hawai‘i’s ocean or beaches