There was another massive landfall of marine microplastic this winter on the beaches in Oregon. This year it's still coming in on the spring tides. You can help with removal efforts on Neahkhanie Beach in Manzanita, Oregon by volunteering June 22 - 24, 2018 and by donating to this project.
To understand what we're facing and to learn about my personal story watch the video & read on:
I grew up visiting family and playing on the beach in Manzanita, Oregon. When I was a kid the sand was clean and pristine all along the Pacific Oregon Coast. Little did I know there was a menace churning around in the vast Pacific Ocean. A menace that is now landing on the beaches by the ton. It's called microplastic. Little shards of plastic - the remains of pop bottles, car parts, yogurt containers, etc. Brightly colored bits that are at best harmful and at worst deadly not only to marine life but to our pets and to us.
Why? Because, when eaten, they block the digestive tracks of animals, making them feel full when they are actually hungry. But it doesn't stop there. These shards have absorbed toxins that are dilute in the ocean and concentrated in high levels in those bits of plastic. So when our pets eat the sand containing microplastic, they are exposed. When we build our fires on the beach to roast our hot dogs and marshmallows, we release those gases into into our food and into our faces.
Four years ago, when I started this annual project, I could take my children to beach and avoid these contentrated areas of plastic. Not now. It's coming in faster than my team and I can remove it. Every year the band gets wider. This year it's over 70 meters wide. It's 5-7 miles long. It's in the dunes. It's buried in the high traffic areas - those places where our kids play. It's on the beach. It's in our hair.
70 meters wide. 5-7 miles long. In the dunes.
There has been a lot of support from the Manzanita, Neahkhanie, Tillamook County, and Portland area communities for this work. Businesses and citizens have donated their time, their money, and their resources. It it has made a difference.
And practice time is over. It's time for us to unite our voices into one. It's time for our politicians to hear our cry. The State is responible for the beaches. The towns, the citizens of those towns, and the visitors of those towns benefit from the beaches. They must unite and work with the State of Oregon to create a thorough cleanup project along the entire Oregon Coast every single year. This must be a priority. It must become a funded line item in the budget of the State of Oregon. It must be funded and executed every single year - FOREVER.
Without this the impact of marine microplastic on our beaches will be devastating.
Marc Ward and I are assembling a team of paid staff and volunteers to work for 3 days on Neahkhanie Beach. Our goal is to cleanup 2 of those 7 miles, concentrating on the highest traffic areas.
Operation costs are $582 per day. That covers Marc and four staff members.
Misc. Supplies are: $150.
Total budget: $1,900 (I rounded up by $4).
To volunteer contact me: Kate Eskew - firstname.lastname@example.org
It takes time to get the wheel of government moving. It will happen. Until then, please fund this project. You'll feel good and you'll help to protect the health of the populace.
If you've read this far, Thank you. If you haven't read this far and donated, Thank you. If you didn't donate and read this far, Thank you. Spread the word out. Thank you.