Leadbetter Beach is a very popular Santa Barbara beach that is visited every day by both locals and non-locals. Unfortunately, any trash left behind can potentially be harmful to the ocean and all things that inhabit it.
The ocean is constantly circulating and even if we don't directly see the harmful effects, the ocean and the rest of the world will. Whether it's because animals eat the trash mistaking it for food, or trash is washed up somewhere else in the world, etc. The ocean supplies us with numerous resources such as food, medicine, and many other products that we use daily. This is why it's so important that we preserve and protect it.
By cleaning up we prevent further harm to the environment as well as any animals that encounter it. On top of this, we make the beach a more pleasant place to visit:)
The following are a few facts about ocean pollution and the effects of it:
~Over one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution each year.
~300,000 dolphins and porpoises die each year as a result of becoming entangled in discarded fishing nets, among other item
~ People get contaminated easily by eating contaminated seafood that can cause serious health problems, from cancer to damage to the immune system
~Turtles and other marine life fall victim to plastic bags thinking they are food and when ingested often died because it creates blockages in their digestive systems.
Most items in the image that are left behind are small, but still, being that there is so much, they have an impact on the ocean.
Here are just a few items that take an excessive amount of time to decompose in the ocean.
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(Check back to find results of our finding from our Beach Clean Up happening this june 2016!)
Look out for our flyer around town!