1000 Students and Volunteers Will Create a Wave of Change for the Environment to Celebrate I Love A Clean San Diego’s 20th Annual Kids’ Ocean Day

1000 Students and Volunteers Will Create a Wave of Change for the Environment to Celebrate I Love A Clean San Diego’s 20th Annual Kids’ Ocean Day

SAN DIEGO, CA – On Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 8:00 am to noon at South Mission Beach, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) will lead over 700 students from local Title I elementary schools in a beach cleanup and aerial art formation for Kids’ Ocean Day, spreading awareness about our ability to affect positive change for the oceans.

Last year’s Kids’ Ocean Day message, “COME TOGETHER,” illustrated the need for unity among us all in protecting our environment, the oceans, and marine wildlife. Once again, nearly 1,000 students and adult volunteers will take a stand in the sand on behalf of our oceans to form this year’s message, “WAVES OF CHANGE.” With this message, the students and volunteers will call for a transformation to our everyday habits that negatively impact our oceans.

Before even reaching the beach, the students are empowered by ILACSD staff through environmental assembly presentations at their respective schools – Buena Vista Elementary, Ericson Elementary, Field Elementary, Porter Elementary, Joyner Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, Mission Elementary, and Los Peñasquitos Elementary. During each assembly, students learned about unique organisms that live in the ocean, how the ocean is connected to their everyday lives, and actions they can take to protect it.

On May 24th, the lessons from the assembly will come to life when ILACSD staff and volunteers lead the students in a large-scale beach and bay cleanup to pick up litter, including cigarette butts, food wrappers, and single-use plastics. The final culmination of Kids’ Ocean Day will feature the students using their bodies to create an aerial art image spelling out “WAVES OF CHANGE” along South Mission Beach. This powerful image will demand attention and call for action that addresses our dependence on single-use plastic items which allows eight million metric tons of plastic waste to enter the world’s oceans each year.

“Children are the wave of the future,” said Jack Ainsworth, Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission. “And these kids understand that we need to change our consumption and disposal habits and reduce our reliance on single-use plastics, so the beaches and ocean don’t keep suffering from plastic pollution. I’m proud of all these students for making some waves!”

This is the 20th year I Love A Clean San Diego has organized Kids’ Ocean Day in San Diego County as part of the Annual Kids’ Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup, which has expanded over its 25 years to include five beaches along the California coast. As a precursor to World Oceans Day on June 8th, the California Coastal Commission coordinates Kids’ Ocean Day statewide, providing financial support to local efforts with proceeds from the Whale Tail License Plate and voluntary donations on the state tax return to the Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund.

About I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) As San Diego’s most influential advocate for sustainability, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is an environmental catalyst, awakening passion and inspiring action, empowering everyone to improve the health and beauty of our local environment. For over sixty years, we’ve brought the best in all of us together for a lasting, positive impact on our region. We are passion in action. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit CleanSD.org  or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.