When you come face to face with beaches that are heavily littered with any and every imaginable piece of refuse known to man, it can leave you feeling quite helpless. For myself, there have been many times where I’ve looked up and down various beaches around the world and have wondered how it is we have let such beautiful areas become scarred by our waste and negligence. And although at times it may seem hopeless, reading stories like the one about 13 yr. old Cobi Emery in September’s issue of Surfer Magazine shines a little light and inspires those hopeless feelings right out the door.
At the ripe old age of 9, the Southern California native Cobi did what few 9 yr. olds would do and started his own environmental organization, PickUp3. Cobi had become unsettled with the conditions that the beaches he grew up surfing at were progressively becoming more cluttered with every imaginable piece of trash known to man. And it wasn’t just the areas near his Del Mar home he was becoming fed up with, but as he and his family traveled all over the world to surf he kept feeling the drive to make a simple yet effective solution to cleaning up the mess in the places he had come to adore. The solution? PickUp 3.
The concept for PickUp3 is a simple one: Every time you go to the beach, pick up your mess and three other pieces of trash and take them with you. Easy, effective, and something all of us can do.
So while at times keeping the beaches clean may seem like a daunting task, just start with a simple solution and PickUp 3…
Posted by Shaun on Monday, September 8th, 2008 in Surfing.