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NEARLY 4,500 KIDS ARE “MAKING WAVES FOR A PLASTIC-FREE OCEAN” AT 25TH ANNUAL KIDS OCEAN DAY
LOS ANGELES, MAY 24, 2018 – Since 1993, nearly 740,000 kids have participated in the Kids Ocean Day beach cleanups as a demonstration of their power to make a difference in taking care of the environment. On May 24, another 4,500 students in Los Angeles will once again unite to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Kids Ocean Day at Dockweiler State Beach with this year’s theme, “Kids Making Waves for a Plastic-Free Ocean.” To illustrate the importance of healthy oceans and watersheds, the event will conclude with a student-led aerial art formation in the shape of a giant WAVE.
“Kids Ocean Day is about educating children to be aware of the damage people are doing to the ocean,” says Michael Klubock, founder of Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and Kids Ocean Day. “By getting children involved in a hands-on activity at the beach after learning about the environment in the classroom, we strengthen the connection between individual actions and the health of the environment. As these children get older, they will remember the time that they made a difference and will feel empowered to continue protecting our ocean from plastic and litter.”
The day’s activities will begin with a program to commemorate the impact children have had over the past 25 years in keeping our oceans clean through Kids Ocean Day. The learning shifts to L.A.’s beaches, where the kids will gather with teachers and community volunteers for a massive beach clean-up, thereby reducing the amount of trash and non-biodegradable materials entering the ocean. After the beach cleanup, kids will form a giant aerial WAVE art piece and give a rippling motion to the wave using their bodies.
Also, at Kids Ocean Day, fifth grader Emmett Kliger from Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista will be honored for winning a citywide poetry contest describing why it’s important to take care of our oceans.
Prior to Kids Ocean Day, Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education hosted months of school assemblies about the adverse impacts of pollution to the oceans and watersheds. Their purpose is to empower kids to take action for healthy oceans and watersheds.
Supporting this message at the event are the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Commissioner Aura Garcia, L.A. Sanitation Watershed Protection Program Manager Shahram Kharaghani and Vice Chair of the California Coastal Commission Effie Turnbull-Sanders.
“Children have shown us grown-ups that the simple act of picking up trash that is not yours can have a profound impact on our environment,” said Aura Garcia, Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioner. “These kids are getting empowered at such a young age to become environmental champions for the rest of their lives.”
Kids Ocean Day will be celebrated in six cities in the state of California sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. Over 8,000 kids will participate in this year’s Kids Ocean Day cleanups statewide, with more than half of them at the Los Angeles event.
“Children are the wave of the future,” said Jack Ainsworth, Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission. “And these kids understand that we need to change our consumption and disposal habits and reduce our reliance on single use plastics, so the beaches and ocean don’t keep suffering from plastic pollution. I’m proud of all these students for making some waves!”
Kids Ocean Day is an environmentally sensitive event that incorporates composting, recycling and an overall reduction of plastic. The City of LA will help facilitate the recycling and composting of all beach debris and lunch refuse. Kids Ocean Day is thankful to the many supporters who contribute volunteers and to the event’s sustainability efforts: A-1 Rentals, Los Angeles Airport, SJ Linking Systems, Whole Foods Market, El Segundo, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, MDR, Klean Kanteen, Southwest Airlines, Target, Metabolic Studio, M&U Traders T-Shirts, Los Angeles Lakers, Statewide Sign, Ralphs, United Airlines, Apple, Armanino, Bank of America, Surfrider Foundation, Evelina Eco Events and AT&T.
KIDS OCEAN DAY is sponsored by the L.A. Sanitation Watershed Protection Program; the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works; the California Coastal Commission; the California State Coastal Conservancy; and Keep LA Beautiful.