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Coastal Cleanup Day- Leslie Magana

Similar to many of our classmates, I too volunteered to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day on a Ventura beach and although many of us had the same purpose, not everyone had the same impression. This was my second time being a part of a beach cleanup and it truthfully impressed me, both positively and negatively. I was very surprised and pleased to see so many people be part of the cleanup, acknowledging that this was only one beach of many that were hosting a cleanup. Being an ESRM major may sometimes make one feel hopeless because of how rapid our issues are catching up to our bad habits, and other days one feels like the human population is progressing- that day was one of those days.  I had arrived only a few minutes after the time the event was supposed to start and people had already been on the beach cleaning; by the time I began there was hardly any noticeable trash at the start. People varied in skin color and ages making it more interesting. It was also a very nice morning which I believe is one reason that there were many volunteers. As expected, there was plenty of trash near the dunes, which is where I spent most of the time cleaning. Closer to the intertidal zone there were people recreating with their families or alone, and I see that as a part of “California culture” because we are known for our beaches and the time spent recreating on them over the weekends. Others who approached me to collect a survey I see as a part of culture as well because we take valuable information and science to collect data in order to progress as a community. It was pleasing to see how much trash was collected, and also seeing the hosts be so involved and helpful.  Although there were not as many as adults, seeing younger generations helping with such an important event made me realize that it is a topic that is talked about and acknowledged at home. Engaging children in these activities is one way to ensure that our future on Earth may possibly better itself.


  1. I agree with you, being an ESRM major can be sad at times, especially when you see so many people really not caring about the environment around them. It is even more sad when you go to a different country and see these beautiful beaches littered in trash… It’s like they don’t know what they have and think that as long as the trash isn’t with them it doesn’t matter where it goes. The coastal cleanup was an uplifting experience to see so many people ready to make our beaches cleaner. I think as we go on learning and spreading the knowledge of sustainability and keeping our home (the world) clean that the future will be brighter and cleaner hopefully, at least that’s why we are doing what we are doing… but holy cow I can’t believe you found a syringe! YIKES!

    • Magana

      September 25, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Yes exactly! It was great to see so many people out there and I hope future generations continue to do so. My friend found the syringe but I was just as shocked!

  2. I agree, when I was out there I only saw a handful of adults. It’s really good to see our generation being apart of this. Hopefully, we will see more and more of our generation wanting to be apart of coastal awareness.

  3. I truly believe that the future generations are the ones who are going to help save our planet, but it is up to us to teach them these good habits. Events like these are definitely a window to a new perspective of life.

    • Magana

      December 13, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Especially starting with younger kids since they begin their good habits young. Having clean up events for all ages seems to really help not only for the environment of course but show that this is a problem and should continued to be cared for.

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