For two hours on saturday morning Santa Monica State Beach was a frenzy of activity. It was my first time helping out by giving Beach Talks to the 1900 volunteers who came to clean up the beach for Earth Day. I joined dozens of Heal the Bay volunteers to get folks orientated.
Every 10 minutes another group would be shuttled over and my job was to tell them a little bit about how the trash came to be on the beach — the storm drain system — and how to stay safe in the water.
I asked every group how many had been to a clean-up before. Turns out not many. I’d estimate 90 percent of people were out for their first Earth Day coastal clean-up. I could tell from the smiles and the high fives they were here to have fun and to give back to the Earth.