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.