Clean And Blue From Hong Kong To California

Courtesy of WOWSA, Los Angeles, California.

From the perspective of marine conservation and ocean environmentalism, there are many reasons to be hopeful about the next generation.

Kids Ocean Day is a project of The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education that specializes in school children outreach and coastal quality issues.  The Foundation aims to serve communities in Los Angeles where children can gain a greater appreciation for marine conservation efforts.

Kids Ocean Day also takes place in Hong Kong where the experience connects kids to the local beaches and oceans.  Doug Woodring of Ocean Recovery Alliance explains, “This experienced contributes to their appreciation of our shared marine resources. In Hong Kong, the kids created Human aerial art with the support and leadership of John Quigley of Spectral Q.”

Grate Art is another project organized by Woodring and the Ocean Recovery Alliance.  “This is street art that brings a message to the community about not dumping in Hong Kong’s city street-drains, because those actions impact the local waters. Commissioned artists created ceramic plates that are located on street drains in Hong Kong – a city whose main geographic asset is the ocean.

The project helps add color to the streets of Hong Kong with an important message of protecting the ocean.”

Carol Baker of the County of Los Angeles similarly organizes a program on the other side of the Pacific Ocean in California called Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest.  She explains, “Our trash barrels on some of Southern California most popular beaches are wrapped with children’s artwork.  The campaign poster contest is open to Los Angeles County residents in grades 3, 4 and 5.”

Project Manager Susana Espinosa says, “The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors recently launched the Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest and educational campaign to remind residents that wherever we live in Los Angeles County, improperly disposed of trash and other pollution in our neighborhood can end up on our beaches and the ocean.

The campaign focuses on elementary school-aged children and their families, and invites 3rd – 5th graders to enter the poster contest.  The educational components feature an original song and video titled Clean and Blue [see above], as well as the Ocean Heroes activity guide [see on left], which are designed to illustrate how we all share a special connection to the ocean and how we can help protect it right from our homes.

Clean and Blue is an engaging video with a catchy original song that shows how ocean pollution begins at home. The Ocean Heroes Activity Guide allows children to find their hometown on a colorful L.A. County watershed map, identify their region’s watershed and see how rivers and storm drains carry water – and, unfortunately, pollution – to the beaches/ocean.”

For more information on the Can the Trash! campaign, visit here.

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