Marlborough and Loyola High School CHB Adopts Dockweiler Beach

Marlborough and Loyola’s Heal the Bay clubs teamed up to adopt Dockweiler Beach at Imperial Highway on March 11th, 18th, and 25th.

Our first cleanup day was on a rainy day, but we pushed through and picked up as much trash as we could. As expected, we mostly found plastic wrappers, plastic pieces, and styrofoam pieces. Our second day and third days were warm and dry, and we got a lot more done as shown in our data. We experienced the similar trend of picking up a host of plastic wrappers, plastic pieces, and styrofoam pieces. We even found a dead chicken and multiple scattered bones! However, we also saw bundles of feathers tangled up in nets or other trash, showing us trash’s danger to wildlife.

What upset our members the most was the amount of styrofoam we found. Although we picked up hundreds of items such as plastic pieces and plastic wrappers, styrofoam pieces by far exceeded any other item! The styrofoam we found ranged from the tiniest of pieces to bowls and large fast-food cups. We had a grand total of 1,369 styrofoam pieces! It was also disturbing how many cigarette butts we found, and didn’t expect to find so many. At the end of all of our cleanups, we had found a total of 271 cigarette butts.

We are so grateful for our club members, who woke up early to help make Dockweiler a cleaner place! Because they put in the time and effort, they feel that adopting Dockweiler Beach was a rewarding experience and made them want to take future action in further protecting our beaches!

(PS from Halina: Be sure to check out their graph that they created from Heal the Bay’s Marine Debris Database in the slideshow! The graph sums up all the trash types they accumulated over their three cleanups.)

 

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Palos Verdes HS cleans Torrance Beach

 

On February 17th, the PVHS Chapter of Heal the Bay went out to clean up Torrance Beach. It was a clear day, and we had a great turn-out. We started around 10:00, and the event ran for about two hours. The groups, dispatched in pairs and trios, found a lot of small plastic pieces and cigarette buds. Groups also found interesting objects, including diapers, syringes, and band aids. After about two hours of trash pick-up, we were able to collect about 500 pieces of Styrofoam and 230 pieces of plastic, along with other large numbers of different trash. Most of the trash was found along the bike paths, where many people walk, run, and bike daily.

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Water Artwork by Hannah Megery

Hannah Megery is a 17 year old multi media artist. Her mediums include oil paint, acrylics, pen & ink, watercolor, graphite, pyrography (wood-burning), charcoal, and vinyl.  She has been taking art classes since she was 10 years old, and before that her father was teaching her.

We asked her how the ocean and water inspire her water artwork. Check out her response and stunning artwork below.


 

I am deeply fascinated by water and how much force this simple chemical compound holds. As a lifelong resident of Pacific Palisades, I grew up right beside the ocean and, eventually, became a certified lifeguard. From these experiences I’ve learned that water has the power to both give and take away life. I came to understand water as a unique entity with a highly unpredictable personality. Now, in high school, I’m furthering my understanding of the ocean and aquatic life, and expressing my love for protecting them through painting.

My artwork explores water’s many relationships with society and the earth. Every living thing depends on water’s abundance and benevolence, yet water also has the power to destroy entire civilizations when we turn a blind eye to today’s environmental issues. I investigated water’s initial beauty and ability to sustain and protect life; but as society drains resources, pollutes oceans, and quickens the pace of climate change, I explored how these events alter water’s impacts. Ultimately, water becomes a life force that defines the world’s successes and critical failures.

Through this artwork, the viewer is able to gain a newfound respect and appreciation for water as if it were a person with thoughts and feelings. I intend to continue painting water in the hopes of inspiring others to preserve our world. My goal is that one day, my art can be used as a conduit for environmental advocacy and stewardship across the globe! – Hannah Megery 

 

To see more of Hannah’s art visit her website.

Hello from Halina!

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My name is Halina Do-Linh and I am the new Programs Coordinator for Heal the Bay. I will be working together with Club Heal the Bay partners, as well as coordinating other beach programs that we run at Heal the Bay including Suits on the Sands and Nothin’ But Sand Cleanups. I haven’t been here long, but from looking at past Youth Summits and your previous Club Heal the Bay events/projects I can see there is a so much dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity that comes from the young adults (you!) in the Greater Los Angeles area. Because of that I am so excited to be working with each and every one of you to achieve your club goals, plan events and activities, and to recognize all that you have done to help the environment. Here is a little bit about myself and my journey to Heal the Bay.

I am someone who grew up on camping trips, hikes, and endless explorations of all the different kinds of ecosystems that California hosts. I was lucky to have those experiences because it ignited a passion that led me to participate in beach cleanups (ones like Heal the Bay hosts), to intern at the Moorpark College Zoo, and ultimately to complete my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After university, I went on to travel and explore other environments for either work or personal. I saw glaciers in Patagonia, Bristlecone Pines in the Eastern Sierras, Whale Sharks in Southern Baja California, Ringtail cats in the Mojave Desert, and so much more. I was an outdoor educator teaching primarily middle school students, and after that I was coordinating a UC-wide field course working with undergrads.

By the end of 2017 though I was drawn back home to Los Angeles where I spent most of my childhood– where my passion for the environment first began. I am incredibly happy to be part of Heal the Bay where I can extend my fascination and concerns about the environment to young adults like you and everyone else.

In my free time, you can find me with my head in the tide pools or up in the Santa Monica Mountains. One of my favorite local hikes is Sandstone Peak, which is the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains! I can’t wait to connect with all of you who are part of Club Heal the Bay.

— Halina

ECO Club Adopts Rosie’s Beach

Author: Mayra Acevedo
Club: ECO Club at STEAM Legacy High School

IMG_5864 - Mayra AcevedoMy club is the ECO Club, and early in the morning we were all very excited to go out and collect the garbage that builds up on the beach. My club members were very motivated so right when we got to the beach everyone wanted to get started. After we had our first safety talk, we split up into our groups where we got our hands dirty to clean up the beach. After about 2 hours we came together to see our progress and all the trash we collected and compared data cards, and at the end we through the garbage and way in a trash can!

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We found more straws then we though we would but all in all it was a great time. I believe we could get more of our members to attend next time, but it was a great experience. It made my club members feel like they were truly making a difference!

Find ECO Club on Instagram!: @eco.steam0210

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Local Saturday Beach Cleanup at Venice Beach

 

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Venice High School students at Venice Beach

Author: Claire Combredet

The club leaders, including myself, first arrived around 9:45 am at Venice Beach for our local cleanup. We organized the tables near the Venice Pier and brought gloves, buckets, water, and snacks for our members. We made a sign-in sheet for the members to mark the number of hours they worked, so we could later assign community service hours. Our members arrived little by little, signed in, and were given gloves and buckets. They then set out to clean the beach and the leaders took turns supervising the tables and equipment, and joining the other members for the cleanup. After a couple of hours, everyone returned to the tables for snacks and water and chatted. Around 2pm, we packed up the equipment and left the cleanup site.

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Bucket in hand, ready to keep the beaches clean!

At one point, myself and another leader, my friend Haley, headed out on the beach for our cleanup shift, and met up with a club member, Jack. He pointed out that he had found a drenched sock near the shoreline, which was quite interesting – not exactly in its natural habitat!

This cleanup was great, as always, because we were able to see our members in action, being proactive community members, which is a notion that is implied as a Heal the Bay member. In efforts to reduce our global impact, we have reused our buckets year after year, and hope to get more supplies to support future cleanups with the club. It would be amazing to to provide our members with the best possible equipment to show that we truly care about them and are thankful for their deeds. The project today made our club members feel like they were contributing to something positive and beneficial in their community, and were being proactive with their Saturday morning.

Follow Venice High School Heal the Bay club on instagram for more pictures from their events! @venicehealthebay

 

 

CCD 2017 – Campus Cleanup at Mark Keppel High School

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Members of Mark Keppel High School’s Heal the Bay Club

MKHS Campus Cleanup – 9.16.2017
Author: Valerie Dao

On September 16, 2017, the Heal the Bay club of Mark Keppel High School held a campus cleanup at their school’s track field. The event started at 9 am and lasted about one hour and five minutes. There were 31 participants. The board members split up the event participants into groups of 4-5. These groups then dispersed throughout the track area, cleaning up the field and taking note of the type of trash they collected.

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Taking a break from cleaning trash to pose for a photo!

Some of the unusual trash items they found were a baseball, a football, a plunger, and a whole pie in its pie tin. The participants were surprised to find out how much trash they had collected, as the track field did not seem to have that much trash at first glance when the cleanup started. By the end of the event, the Heal the Bay cleanup group had collected about eight full bags of trash and half a box of glass. The club calculated, using the Clean Swell app, that 192.93 pounds of trash were collected.

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An interesting find during the cleanup!

Most of the trash that was collected were paper trash, food wrappers, plastic bags, and miscellaneous plastic/foam pieces.  The event ended with tired participants having satisfaction to have prevented all of this trash to be going elsewhere. Volunteers were provided with snacks and cold bottles of water, which they happily enjoyed.

This was Heal the Bay club’s first event, and the board members and advisor were very glad about the outcome of the event. They hope to continue having events like this one in the future.

Hi All!

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As we’re in the midst of summer activities and fun, I thought I’d take a minute to introduce myself. My name’s Zoë Scott and I’m the new Programs Coordinator at Heal the Bay, and will be coordinating with Club Heal the Bay partners for the upcoming school year to think about the club’s goals, plan events and activities, and recognize clubs that have gone above and beyond to be environmental stewards! I am super excited to work with all of Los Angeles’ amazing school clubs and learn more about your goals and passions, so here’s a bit about myself and how I came to Heal the Bay.

Back when I was younger, before I even knew about Heal the Bay, my love for the ocean was ignited by family trips to Monterey and Morro Bay. Walking along the beach, wading through the tide pools, and eventually swimming in the ocean sparked my curiosity for what lay beneath the water’s surface. I went on to study Aquatic Biology at University of California, Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degree, where I volunteered at the Ty Warner Sea Center to share my knowledge about the ocean with the public and educate them about local organisms and environmental issues. Throughout taking courses at UCSB, I became interested in topics like invasive species, community ecology, and marine protection/environmental studies, which inspired the research for my master’s degree at California State University, Northridge. I studied invasive species in harbors and marinas not unlike the ones local to Los Angeles, and wanted to know how the invasive species affected the organisms calling those marinas home.

When I wasn’t leaning over docks at harbors or identifying tiny invertebrates under a scope, I did science outreach at local elementary and middle schools to teach students about scientific concepts and careers through hands-on activities and engaging them with guest speakers. The connections I made with students were so rewarding, and I am overjoyed to get to do the same with the Club Heal the Bay partners! So enjoy the rest of your summer, and get excited for this next year’s activities!

–Zoë

Sea the Change Art Contest: Winners & Submissions

 

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Sea the Change Art Contest Winners & Submissions
By: Lorenzo Tuason- Heal the Bay Public Programs Intern

The long-awaited Sea the Change Art Showcase finally arrived! In honor of Earth month, youth summit participants reconvened at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on April 15th, 2017 for a chance to share their art with the public and to receive awards and prizes for their work.

Hollywood High Key Club receives the grand prize .

To recap, January’s youth summit provided students the opportunity to create their own projects that raise awareness about ocean pollution and solutions. The students were encouraged to submit original works of poetry, prose, art, or film, to the Sea the Change Contest  and Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Contest. Create once, submit twice, and increase your chance of winning!

Valley Academy Mermaid Squad receives first runner-up prize .

The Sea the Change Art Showcase was the culmination of the extreme efforts that students displayed throughout this contest. It was thrilling to see everyone appreciating each other’s masterpieces as each group exhibited very thoughtful considerations through their projects. We witnessed ideas conceived during the Youth Summit flourish into beautiful pieces of work that were seen today in this ocean awareness art showcase. Then, we shared a toast (with sparkling juice) to celebrate our efforts on making this planet better.

 

Fallon Rabin of Thousand Oaks High School receives second runner-up prize.

The Sea the Change Contest winners were announced during this showcase, however, everyone is truly a winner because all the participants did something greater than themselves and became advocates for ocean justice. BUT if you insist on seeing who really won, check below! All Sea the Change Contest submissions are listed and each is accompanied by a reflection explaining the concepts behind the work.

Colton High Eco-Friendly Friends receive an honorable mention prize.

 

 


Grand Prize $150Hollywood High Key Club

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Prose: My Story- Lisa Massari
By: Andrea Ignacio & Jamille Taccad
Read: My Story- Lisa Massari
Read: Reflection

 

 

First Runner-Up $75 – Mermaid Squad- Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences

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Art: Turtle Factory
By: Megan Phung , Talar Asdourian, Lacey Lumaya, Tiara Supakit
View: Turtle Factory
Read: Reflection

 

Second Runner-Up $50Fallon Rabin- Thousand Oaks High School

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Poetry: Scientific Name- Aurelia Aurita
Art: To-Go
By: Fallon Rabin
Read: Scientific Name- Aurelia Aurita
View: To-Go
Read: Reflection


Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically)

Animo Marine Biology Club- Animo Leadership Charter High School
Art: Today’s OceanArt Reflection
Poetry: The Dark Sea | Poetry Reflection

Eco-Friendly Friends- Colton High School
Prose: Sea the Change | Prose Reflection

Environment Conservation Club- Crean Lutheran High School
Art: Birds | Art Reflection

Hollywood High Key Club
Art: Lend a Hand | Trash Island | Art Reflection

Nature’s Own- Luskin Academy High School
Prose: Pollution in the Everyday | Prose Reflection
Film: Ocean Awareness | Film Reflection |

Congratulations to everyone and best of luck in the Bow Seat Contest!
#winning

 

Environmental Fair at the Arboretum

Nature’s Own at the Arboretum Environmental Fair

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By Diana Juarez of Luskin Academy’s Nature’s Own Club

Last Saturday, March 25th 2017, our environmental club and volunteers from our school went to an environmental fair at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. The objective of the trip was to inform the audience about the daily environmental problems that we as students face in our community. Continue reading