Independent Project: Protect San Diego’s Beaches
Location: San Diego, CA
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San Diego Coastkeeper: http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org/learn/fishable/marine-debris/data-from-san-diego-beach-cleanups
So I’m sure you’ve heard of the idyllic San Diego. Beautiful beaches, stellar weather, chilled out surfers, you name it. Having the privilege of living here for the past five months, I can definitely attest to that stereotype. Hands down, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. I literally feel like I’m stepping into a Hollywood film every time I fall asleep on the powdery white sand. But what if I told you that these beaches are becoming so filthy that one day, that once venerated paradise, could become too toxic to step foot in?
It’s real though. The “doomsday scenario” has become more than something out of a video game. According to the local news station, ABC 10, San Diego is one of the “most ozone polluted” cities in the United States with 28 unhealthy air days every year. Now, if you remember the cycle of how rain works, air and water go hand in hand. That pollution from the air condenses, becomes rain, and guess where it goes?! Yes, those beautiful beaches we see on Grandma’s postcard collection.
Constant tourism, though brilliant for the local economy, has posed problems for beaches. According to the San Diego Coastkeeper, a local nonprofit dedicated to cleaning up the city’s beaches, almost 82,000 pounds of debris have been removed since its inception in 2007. Let me ask you, would your community like 82,000 pounds of plastic and cigarettes in their backyards? I’m sure we all know the answer to that.
The next time you consider dumping your trash, please take into account that your negligence or apathy does not justify the history and richness our beaches give to us every single day. If our beaches go, so does our economy, our lifestyle, and honestly, the reason why many of us choose to move and visit this piece of heaven in the first place. Think about the already growing problem with environmental degradation of once pristine places in the world. As a resident and as a human being, the last thing I want to do is swim is filth. So yeah, that one plastic bottle does matter.