This summer, we are on a journey. The 2011 Beach Rescue Project is all about cleaning up beaches from coast to coast, and amidst all the awesome cleanups we came across a very special and impactful story.
On July 23rd, our Barefooters set out to make Wrightsville Beach barefoot friendly. With 30 volunteers, armed with burlap sacks (in 90 degree weather!) we cleaned the beach. And by the end of the day, we picked up our fair share of straws, plastic wrappers & bottles….but mostly cigarette butts.
And as it turns out, we aren't the first to discover the issue in Wrightsville, North Carolina. One of our awesome volunteers, Danielle Richardet, is a local celebrity who is devoted to keepin' butts of the beach' and has created a blog documenting her journey, called it starts with me.
Danielle has completed 81 twenty minute beach cleanups and has managed to collect 24,558 cigarette butts from the same stretch of beach! Check out this photo of the butts she has collected to far
Danielle is a TOEtally awesome example of how much just one person can do to help keep our world's coasts clean! And the best part? There are many others out there committed to doing the same in their neck of the world. Join us on September 20th for the premiere of One Beach, a film about creativity, optimism and fun at work on our coasts around the world. The short film series will focus on inspiring people like the the Surfrider Foundation and four other incredible individuals using creativity and fun to change the world.