With the weather in the high 90s and the low 100s in sunny Southern California, you can still enjoy a few pieces of summer and catch some waves at the beach! ISOJI works with non-profits organizations to help restore wildlife habitats worldwide – so while you are getting’ your tan on or catching those waves, please remember to keep the following in mind:
- Stash Your Trash. Trash and other miscellaneous items that are not thrown away can often find its way around a sea turtle’s neck, in an unsuspecting whale’s stomach, or cause other harm to the marine life in the ocean. Cut the rings on the plastic six pack holders before throwing them away. The beach and the ocean are home to many forms of wildlife, so let’s keep the “many” for years to come!
- Please Recycle! The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. The EPA estimates 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
- Beach Clean Up! There are many opportunities for you to participate in beach cleanup events in your city. Sometimes, all it takes is to pick up a few pieces of trash on your way back to the car.
We know, we know. Why pick up after someone else right? A grain of sand may seem insignificant, but together, a beach is formed. If we all chip in just a little bit, these amazing creatures that make the beach, “the beach” will not fall victim to landing on the endangered species list. So while you’re out there in the water this week, remember that amazing feeling when you surfed alongside some dolphins or a sea turtle. Maybe you even saw some whales!
We at ISOJI hope that you all have a great week! Stay hydrated and stay active!
Source: dosomething.org, blueoceansociety