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.
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.
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.
Author: Mayra Acevedo
Club: ECO Club at STEAM Legacy High School
My 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!
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
Author: Valerie Dao
Club: Mark Keppel High School Heal the Bay Club
Our group of 18 Mark Keppel High School Heal the Bay members were involved in cleaning the Ballona creek along the Playa del Rey on the morning of October 21st, 2017. Our members arrived very early in the morning at the location provided for the creek clean up. We were able to help carry the boxes and tables to assist the set up of the morning clean up event. We listened to the instruction and direction for the clean up and split up into groups of 3-4 members set out to clean the edge of the creek.
At the end of around 2 hours clean up, the group of volunteers were able to collect up to 25 pounds of trash from the area. This was our first Heal the Bay beach cleanup event and all members had pleasing day cleaning up the creek. Some of us got our shoes wet as we tried too hard to collect the trash floating inside the creek. The uneven rocks around the creek made it fun to walk on. It felt more like a school field trip as members chatted among themselves as they collected the litter.
As a club, we have learned the effects of the trash we see in the streets of LA and the path it gets to the ocean. We’ve also learned the importance of safely disposing of our trash and taking care of our environment if we wanted to enjoy the beauty of nature. After the event, all members felt satisfied at our work and agreed that this event was a good way to spend the day.
This cleanup allowed us to make new friends and create new memories with our own friends. We had enjoyed the view while cleaning the trash and can’t wait until the next cleanup we participate in!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Nature’s Own Club organized an awesome Earth Day celebration at Luskin Academy.
Earth Day Celebration at Luskin Academy
By: Diana Juarez of Luskin Academy’s Nature’s Own Club
Earth Day is a significant day because it’s one where people bring awareness to the many environmental issues around the world. Nature’s Own Club celebrated this special day because they knew how much it would help Luskin Academy become eco-friendlier.
The Earth Day Celebration at Luskin Academy consisted of many hands-on activities. The members of Nature’s Own were in charge of managing everything – they even created games for the students. Activities included “Trash Dash” and edible terrarium models.
Students painting pots and planters.
“Trash Dash” is a game where students have a minute to sort as much trash as possible. The contestant with the most trash sorted at the end received a prize. Students learned about the necessity of a clean environment and that they could have fun while doing it.
Another activity was an edible terrarium model which was made out of crushed Oreos, pudding, edible grass and chocolate rocks. Many of the students wanted to make actual terrariums because of how beautiful they looked. Some of the students created art out of trash, such as pigs and dragons. This is another way to recycle – it shows how you can reuse anything or even use it as decorations. At the end of the day, students were given the chance to participate in a raffle for a Venus flytrap.
As people participated at the event they had huge smiles and laughed. It is safe to say that Earth Day at Luskin Academy was a success.
Face painting was another huge hit.
Viewpoint Heal the Bay Club members in their club t-shirts at April Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup
Fundraising at Viewpoint School
By: Ben Moody of Viewpoint Heal the Bay Club
Last month, as an initiative to raise funds for Heal the Bay, Viewpoint’s Heal the
Bay Club founder and co-president Ben Moody sold various clothing items to the
students that are members of the club.
The t-shirts and hoodies that were sold during the fundraiser.
He worked with his school’s administrative team and his club sponsor to approve the designs on the clothes, and he set up an online store with a local vendor for the students to purchase for themselves T-shirts, and or hoodies for them to wear at the cleanups throughout the year. Each clothing item had an additional two dollars built into the price above the actual cost to act as a fundraising effort for Heal the Bay once the sale was over.
The students were given 3 weeks in total to order shirts and hoodies from the online store, and once the orders were all completed and distributed the vendor sent a check to Heal the Bay for a grand total of $46.85.
The fundraiser helped spread the club throughout Viewpoint school, as well as
donate money to the amazing organization that is Heal the Bay.