This year will mark the 38th anniversary of the Northcoast Environmental Center’s Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD). As many of our readers already know, Coastal Cleanup Day got its humble beginnings right here in Humboldt County as a program of the NEC in the late 1970s. With the help of the California Coastal Commission and the Ocean Conservancy it has since grown to be the largest volunteering event centered on the care of the environment in California and
across the world.
Last year, with the help of over 700 Humboldt County Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers, we removed more than seven tons of trash and recyclables from our beaches, rivers, bay and estuaries! Statewide, California picked up a total of 710,781 pounds and internationally over 18 million pounds of debris were picked up by almost 800,000 volunteers. This just goes to show what we can accomplish by working together to make our planet a cleaner and better place.
This year the biggest focus of Coastal Cleanup Day is addressing the effects human pollution has on wildlife. With recent attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency, Endangered Species Act, and public lands (National Parks and Monuments), by the Trump Administration, it is now more important than ever to make our voices heard through actions such as CCD.
The Northcoast Environmental Center will again organize cleanups at more than 60 sites throughout Humboldt County with hopes to double participation and clean up even more trash off our beaches.
Coordinating such a large event requires an immense amount of staff time and community coordination. Therefore, in addition to seeking site captains and volunteers, we’re also seeking financial sponsorships to cover coordination costs. Contact Madison Peters at email@example.com for details on sponsorship benefits and options to fit your budget.