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May 11, 2016

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CONTACT: Sarah Buchholz
O: 619.704.2781 | C: 503.881.8704
Email: sbuchholz@cleansd.org

I Love A Clean San Diego Calls for a Sea Change at the 23rd Annual Kids’ Ocean Day

SAN DIEGO, CA – On Friday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at South Mission Beach, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) will lead over 900 students from local Title I elementary schools in this year’s Kids’ Ocean Day cleanup and aerial art formation. Adult volunteers are needed to help lead students during the cleanup and are encouraged to participate in this year’s aerial art image which will read, “SEA CHANGE” - a striking change, or transformation for the better. Those interested in volunteering are invited to register at CleanSD.org.

>Last year’s Kids’ Ocean Day message, “UNITE POR EL MAR” which translates to “unite for the sea”, brought together 1000 students, teachers and volunteers from both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border to affirm that we stand united for the environment. This year, an additional 1000 students and adult volunteers will stand side-by-side to create this year’s message - “SEA CHANGE” – to call for a dramatic shift in everyday habits that impact the health of the environment and Pacific Ocean.

“These students are reflecting the hope that we are on the verge of a ‘sea change’ in how we relate to the ocean and the rest of the natural world,” said Steve Kinsey, Chair of the California Coastal Commission. “Since the problems facing our ocean are caused by us – pollution, sea level rise, ocean acidification, declining fish stocks – it is up to us to find a way to address them.”

Prior to the event, the students will meet with ILACSD staff for comprehensive education presentations at their respective schools - Chula Vista Learning Community Charter, Fay Elementary, Field Elementary, Florence Elementary, Foster Elementary, Joyner Elementary, Porter Elementary and Whitman Elementary. During each assembly, students learn 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.

To kick off the event on May 20, ILACSD will first lead students and volunteers in a large-scale beach cleanup. Items like cigarette butts, food wrappers and plastic lids are often found as part of these cleanup events. Though seemingly small and insignificant, these items often become marine debris that entangles animals or is mistaken for food and ingested.

Following the cleanup, students will create a piece of living art - an aerial art image that spells out “SEA CHANGE” along South Mission Beach. This powerful image seen from the sky signifies the unity needed to improve the state of the world’s oceans. With over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, now is the time to make a difference. If the world continues as is, it is estimated that pieces of plastics will soon outnumber fish in the ocean. The good news is that everyone, including youth, can contribute to creating a cleaner future.

This event is part of the 23rd Annual Kids’ Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup, which will take place at six beaches along the California coast. The Coastal Commission coordinates Kids’ Ocean Day statewide as a precursor to World Oceans Day on June 8th. The California Coastal Commission is the primary sponsor of the event providing financial support from proceeds from the Whale Tail License Plate and the Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund. Additional support has been secured from Cox Communications, Qualcomm, as well as the Charles and Gail Kendall Family Donor Advised Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation to further support the event.

ILACSD is recruiting adult volunteers to help with the cleanup and aerial art at South Mission Beach. To sign up as an adult volunteer, please visit CleanSD.org. Questions about volunteering may be directed at Moriah Saldaña at msaldana@cleansd.org.

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 www.cleansd.org or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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