Back in high school, my classmates and I started our own eco club and recycling program. Along with that, we would go to Venice beach and do beach clean up in the enclosed area where the Least Terns would stay. Being involved in these kinds of activities changed the way I saw trash and I started to recycle and re-use as much as I could and I still do.
Being from Los Angeles, I visit the beach quiet often. I always see trash on the sand and the occasional cup in the water and it was easy to just clean up and I wouldn’t mind going into the ocean. The area in Ballona Creek where Carlos and I survey is a whole other story. There is trash all along the creek, and the net that is supposed to catch the trash before it hits the beach isn’t enough. Every time we survey we see a shorebird walking along the trash trying to find something to eat. It’s sad to see these creatures have to suffer because of what some people do. I would love to organize a Ballona Creek clean up but it seems to might be harder that it looks. I hope that one day everyone becomes more aware that trash does end up in the ocean and not only is it bad for the environment and us but it is also bad for the animals and birds.
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”
– Cree Indian Proverb