July 5th, the day after a major American holiday. We expected rubbish build-up from post-celebration activities, but what we found was beyond belief.
Large piles of trash were piled around empty garbage bins. Despite a local ban of smoking on the beach, we picked up over 700 cigarette butts. Cloths, cans, golf balls, and even a folding chair.
Being an AWARE diver means more than just picking up garbage, it’s educating others on the dangers of their actions. We spoke with the local full-time lifeguards about the garbage we found, and they asked for a copy so they could appeal to the city for more signs warning the public about pollution and smoking on public beaches.
Activism comes in many forms. How are you “AWARE”?