By Jacqueline Winberg
Coastal Angels is celebrating their first anniversary and 10th beach cleanup on March 26, 2016.
On March 25, 2015 Jacqueline Winberg created the group Coastal Angels. What was the trigger? The movie, “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” directed and written by Angela Sun. It revolutionized Saturdays for Jacqueline, her husband Robert, and friend Meghan. Within 24 hours of watching the film, the name, logo, and mission statement were created. We highly recommend watching this film! It speaks volumes about disgusting plastic pollution plaguing the Pacific Ocean and how that affects mother nature.
Together with a few close friends and family, Coastal Angels had their first beach cleanup on April 12, 2015. They took their first steps as a group at Newport Beach, CA. On May 3, 2015 Coastal Angels volunteered at the CA Wildlife Center in Malibu and learned more about a starving sea lion named Stark who was undergoing rehabilitation treatment. We discovered an alarming number of marinelife suffering from starvation, plastic ingestion, and injuries from boats. After volunteering at the center, the group decided to incorporate more educational opportunities to the public about wildlife.
Since last year, Coastal Angels has conducted cleanups at Newport and Corona del mar beaches, and Bolsa Chica and Huntington State Beaches. Primarily on the last Saturday of every month, Coastal Angels dedicates a minimum of three hours of cleaning the beach. We have significantly grown from a few close friends to a network of environmental activists stemming from all branches of society.
The world we live in is a dirty place. Many human beings treat our sacred earth like garbage. The ocean, a mysterious big blue wonder, is disrespected by just about every industry in every economy. “Civilized” societies are plagued by many different types of pollution including plastic, smog, and light. The health of wildlife represent the health of the entire planet.
Become a Coastal Angel today and help us educate the public about plastic pollution, protection for wildlife, and preserving our beaches.