Earth Day 2010 by the numbers: 3700 students at 10 schools hosted campus cleanups, 140 native plants and 16 trees were planted, 102 businesses joined cleanups, 500 volunteers attended the celebration, 1000 invasive Scotch broom plants were removed, 1300 pounds of recyclables and 9700 pounds of trash were collected, 3000 students got Earth Hero buttons, 3700 pounds of greenwaste were composted. (Lynn Adams, Pacifica Beach Coalition)
Our very own famous Girl Scout troop 1471 was featured on KTVU (Channel 2) cleaning Linda Mar Beach for Coastal Cleanup Day. It was a terrific segment for the Eco-Company show about high school students. Also on the show with them was info about the Pacific Gyre, the Earth Day co-founder, and a brilliant piece on plastics by 4-H students in Alameda. Find all of the links at http://www.eco-company.tv, including one about Pacifican Laura Webber and her Million Trees Project, and probably the best video about plastic that I have ever seen: A Plastic Predicament!
Lynn Adams, President, Pacifica Beach Coalition
"Engaging community, building community, helping a special place, helping the world."
With your help, and all sites reporting, we had a Coastal Cleanup Day record 1,245 volunteers and 5,937 pounds of trash (20-yard Dumpster overflowing) and 1,101 pounds of recycling! The most of everything from any Coastal Cleanup Day in Pacifica since 1997, 30 sites, some of them huge, like all of the West Sharp Park streets or all of the Esplanade/Mussel Rock bluff and streets from McDonald's to Mussel Rock on Palmetto and Westline Drive. Thank you, everyone. Thank you especially to Amy, Deirdre, and Tim, who worked on the CCCD organizing committee! Without their help and your help, too, this event would not have affected so many places and people!
49 people at the Community Center, another record!
45 people at Mori Point split into three groups to clean Highway 1 from Moose Lodge to Vallemar, Fairway Drive, and the Moose Lodge area, two or three truckloads from these three sites.
Mussel Rock, almost 800 pounds of debris.
Manor Bluff and streets around it, 18 people, just under 400 pounds.
Milagra homeless encampment, 4 people, almost 1,000 pounds!
Big Inch Creek, close to 500 pounds and a creek no one has touched before.
Lakeside Way: Have you seen so many high school kids at this site before?
25 people at Vallemar.
49 people at Rockaway, 137 pounds of mostly cigarette butts and plastic (that's a lot of toxins).
One family, one clean street, Fassler, 105 pounds destined for Linda Mar Beach.
18 volunteers at Roberts Road, 340 pounds of recycles, 120 pounds of trash.
Milagra Trail from Connemara to Oceana, never been cleaned before, 140 pounds.
Linda Mar State Beach (welcome back, Jim, Ana, and Paul), 102 volunteers, 200 pounds.
San Pedro Creek (from 2 places), 30 people, 500 pounds.
How about so many people coming back for the celebration. Sorry we ran out of pizza.
I saw a car axle from Big Inch Creek, two culverts and a truckbed cover from Roberts Road, who knows what all from Mori Point, 250 pounds of clothes, a huge stack of cardboard, glass jars, and propane gas containers from Milagra homeless camp, a screen door, two TVs, tires, shopping cart, too many cigarette butts. Want to tell the story from your site? Send me a paragraph and I will try to get it into the paper or at least onto our website. People want to hear your story. Thank you, everyone, for caring so much for the environment and for helping others do something about it! Go here for preliminary statewide results: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/9.19.09.pressrelease.pdf L Y N N . A D A M S
On September 5, a dozen intrepid Pacifica Beach Coalition members (above and below) braved the steep cliffs down to northern Pacifica's "secret waterfall" site, where Ian Butler gave them a tour of the area. After the tour, they stuck around to pick up litter and pull invasive ice plant that was choking out the native reeds. It was a beautiful day enjoyed by all, especially the creek, which was happy to get some love!
Dear Samantha, On July 26, an organization called "One Brick" supplied us with 25 volunteers who came to Pacifica State Beach from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. They worked for three hours removing invasive plants such as ice plant, wild radish, and cape ivy. These enthusiastic volunteers removed more invasive plants in one day than any other group I have seen. Thank you for selecting Pacifica's Environmental Family as a winner of the Dagoba Chocolate Kit.
CLARK NATWICK PACIFICA BEACH COALITION/ENVIRONMENTAL FAMILY
Join the Pacifica Beach Coalition in paying it forward and bringing attention to the plight of the ocean by sharing THE BLUE MARBLE with people committing random acts of kindness, such as picking up litter, composting, recycling, restoring native habitat, and conserving water and other natural resources. The Blue Marble is a famous photograph of the Earth taken by astronauts on December 7, 1972. It is likely the most widely distributed photographic image in existence, one of the few to show a fully illuminated Earth, because the astronauts had the Sun behind them when they took the image. To the astronauts, Earth had the appearance of a blue marble. When you get a Blue Marble, pass it along.