I created Coastal Angels in March of 2015. I became aware of plastic pollution on Southern California's beaches and was also inspired by a documentary titled, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I began thinking of how I could help make a difference in the environment and decided that hosting beach cleanups with my friends and family would be a good foundation. I believed that I could spare three hours of my life every month to protecting our marine life, the public, and our beaches from plastic and other harmful pollutants. That's how Coastal Angels began.
Supreme dedication, undeniable motivation, and a ton of positive vibes from social media is what has brought us here today. I fully believe in myself, the coastal angels team, and those who actively cleanse and protect our environment. I am continuously motivated by our results; at every cleanup we conduct surveys and weigh trash. I reflect on how we could not be Coastal Angels without our volunteers who donate their time, energy, and service to fighting plastic pollution. The feedback we receive on social media is unparalleled to anything I have ever experienced. We receive messages and encouraging comments from people all over the world who are championing our progress and supporting the fight against plastic pollution.
The most important thing about this cause is creating a hands-on learning experience for our community. When they participate in a cleanup, it can bring back a memory or even inspire a change in behavior. I want to see cleaner beaches and a society made of responsible people. Every cleanup helps us spread awareness of the plastics and other pollutants plaguing our beaches and causing harm to people and marine life. I am so thankful for everyone who keeps returning and showing their dedication as well. We have built life long memories with each other and solidified our friendships. I want to keep this going and welcome newcomers into our community of like-minded people.
I decided to help fight pollution because I wanted to give back to Orange County, CA, the place I was born and raised in and never want to leave. I wanted to give my time toward bettering the community. Coastal Angels feels right.
My goal is to show people that change happens when you push forward with an idea that challenges other ways of thinking. I hope that my strength and communication efforts will help others see what I see: the most beautiful beaches in the world plagued by garbage and that we need to do something about it. This is important because we are dealing with a major environmental issue. Dirty beaches lead to unsafe environments. I am here because I want the pollution to stop and people and marine life to be safe. Coastal Angels beach cleanups reduce the amount of plastic by picking it up and also taking about it to our friends and family. What you do here with Coastal Angels does impact the entire world with positive influence. Together, we as a community can raise awareness, challenge behaviors, and change the present for a safer future.
Coastal Angels President