#PickupForParadise - Los Angeles

Event Day

August 19, 2017 at 10am - 12pm

Location

Dockweiler State Beach
11999 Vista Del Mar
Tower 54 at the end of Imperial Hwy
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
United States
Google map and directions

Host

Background

Plastic is inexpensive, easy to make, durable and can be recycled. Win-win-win-win, right? Not so fast. This is an idea very much sold to us by the powerful plastic lobbies, which are closely linked to oil lobbies since plastic is made from oil and supported by many politicians. However, the reality is that our plastic consumption is out of control and our planet is slowly becoming entirely covered in it. Here are so numbers that might be hard to believe, but that show just how serious this problem is:

  • In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments—like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles—are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day.

  • 50 percent of the plastic we use is thrown away after just one use

  • It takes between 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade

  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre and is covered in plastic across an area that is twice the size of Texas.

  • One million plastic bags are used around the world every minute, or 500 billion each year.

It should be clear by now that this is not just an “issue.” It’s an epidemic and it’s out of control. Steps must be taken to clean up the immense amount of plastic that can be found around the world and to reign in consumption and waste. If not, the Plastic Age might just be the last great age this Earth ever sees.

Purpose

The first step in attacking this problem is obviously to clean up the mess we’ve made. Plastic and other pollutants make it to beaches, rivers, streams, lakes and almost every other corner of this beautiful planet. It interferes with ecosystems and puts animals in great danger.

However, alongside this, we must also work to reduce. By showing people how serious this problem is and by offering practical solutions, such as using reusable grocery bags and water bottles, we can help to reign in the amount of plastic we use and take serious steps towards correcting this very grave problem facing our planet and our society.

Event Details

Please come on time to get your C3GB shirt and instructions! This is a quick opportunity, so don't miss out by being late. Please save time to get parking AND carpool where possible! :) 

Invite your friends! This is a fun opportunity and a great way to spend your morning with friends. 

Cancellation policy

RSVP slots are always limited and we make a minimum volunteer commitment to our partner organizations. If you believe you will not be able to make this opportunity, please cancel your RSVP, at least, 48 hours before the event, so we can allow someone else to participate. “No-shows” are strongly frowned upon :( and could result in you being removed from our database. Thank you for your compliance.  

Will you come?