ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS


ADAMS HARBOR STREET CLEANING
Our valued volunteered and loved homeless community joined arms in cleaning the
streets of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.


ADAMS HARBOR BEACH CLEANINGS
In association with the El Dorado Nature Center, the City of Long Beach, and the
California Coastal Commission.

Adams Harbor recruited over 30 volunteers at our first Beach Cleaning in Long Beach on Sunday,
April 25, 2010 in honor of Earth Day. Adams Harbor will be organizing beach clean-ups throughout
the year.




Thank you volunteers for making a difference.

GOAL OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT

The primary objective of the Long Beach Adopt-A-Beach Program is to develop a sense of personal
responsibility that results in an understanding about the threat litter presents to aquatic environment.

California’s coast is drowning in a tide of ugly, unhealthy and dangerous debris.  People can be
seriously injured by broken bottles or sharp metal left on the beach.  Wildlife can be hurt or killed
when they become entangled or ingest plastic debris.

Adopt-A-Beach is an innovative and exciting conservation program.  It motivates people of all ages
to become directly involved in protecting their coastline.  Adopt-A-Beach increases public awareness
and a sense of responsibility for the environment, while promoting community spirit.  It is a project
that anyone can be involved in and feel proud of, and it produces immediate results.

POLLUTION FACTS

Fourteen billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the sea every year...
more than 1.5 million pounds per hour!

It is important to remember that the beach is a productive home for a great diversity of plants and animals. 
Humans use the beach in many ways and must learn to share this habitat with other organisms.

Human pollution, especially plastics and oil, often harms or kills beach organisms and is unpleasant
and dangerous to people who visit the beach.

HOW DEBRIS HARMS OUR MARINE LIFE

Entanglement:

  • Common items, such as six-pack rings, fishing line, and strapping bands, entangle and kill sea
    birds, fish, and mammals.  Plastics can last hundreds of years and can continue to trap and kill
    even large mammals.
  • Some 30,000 Northern Fur Seals die each year from entanglement in netting.  Scientists think
    this entanglement has contributed to a 50 percent population decline over the last 30 years.

Ingestion:

Birds, fish, and mammals mistake plastic for food.  Some birds even feed it to their young! 
With plastic filling stomachs, animals may die of starvation or poisoning.  Endangered species
also suffer.  Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their prey foods.  Even grey whales
have been found dead with plastic bags and sheeting in their stomachs.      

HOW MARINE DEBRIS HARMS PEOPLE

People can injure themselves on broken bottles and sharp metal left on the beach.  Plastics are a
floating menace to navigation.  Plastic rope and line fouls propellers.  Plastic bags and sheeting
clog seawater intakes and evaporators, causing engine failure, costly repairs, and annoying delays. 
This type of vessel disablement can be life threatening.

WHY RECYCLE

IT’S PROFITABLE.  Under the state’s bottle bill law, you will be paid for beverage containers turned
in to your local certified recycling center.

GARBAGE.  We are drowning in a sea of garbage.  Our country is facing a garbage crisis and we
are running out of places to put our waste.  Solid waste landfills are becoming scarcer and
more expensive.

PAPER.  Waste paper can be turned into raw material for new paper and paper products. 
Each ton of recycled office paper saves approximately 380 gallons of oil.

GLASS. It does not decompose.  It can be recycled to make new glass, insulation, and
asphalt in road paving.

METAL.  Nearly 75 percent of all metal is used just once and discarded. 
Recycling metal reduces air and water pollution and requires 70 percent less energy
than producing it from raw materials.

RECYCLING IS THE SOLUTION TO OCEAN POLLUTION

Many of our pollution problems are really problems of misplaced resources.  It may be something
as simple as a recyclable can or bottle carelessly tossed on a beach, as complex as a sewage
outfall dumping organic waste that could be processed into fertilizer, or an industrial plant discharging
materials that could be recaptured and reused in the manufacturing process.  In each case, changes
in our attitude could eliminate the problem.  By instilling the simple message that the proper place
for a can or bottle is in the recycling bin and not on our beaches, parks, and streets, we point the
way to solving the bigger problems we face.

The collection bags, gloves and parking passes used for the ADAMS HARBOR Beach Cleanings are
provided by the California Coastal Commission through the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department
of the City Of Long Beach.  For information on the city’s Adopt A Beach program please call (562) 570-1746.