By Sophia De Quattro
September to Californians is an extension of summer—the sun still blares through the foggy mornings and by lunchtime you’re wishing for an oasis to escape the blistering hot afternoons. For students, classes have resumed and the heat is an omnipresent force that outlasts even the longest lectures that students dread to sit through, especially if it is in one of the many classrooms without air conditioning on Dominican University of California’s campus.
Once the weekend hits, one of the the main go to places for Dominican students are the beaches around the Bay Area, where even if the Pacific waters average at a chilly 53 to 60 degrees, the beaches are an Eden-like escape from the Indian Summer that roasts the inland area. The coast is a precious part of the Bay Area, with diverse species and activities that range from whale watching in Point Reyes to paddle boarding in Sausalito. Beaches are iconic to the Golden State. Marin County has been especially proactive in their activism towards protecting coastal lands.
Honors students and members of the Green Club at Dominican University of California participated in this the 30th California Coastal Cleanup Day, which took place September 20th. Starting at the Canal Community Garden in the Canal District of San Rafael and working in the San Francisco Bay Trail at Richardson Bay, the students relayed from 9 am until noon picking up trash.
Dominican students joined forces with Volunteer Marin, a hub for volunteer opportunities throughout the county, for Coastal Cleanup Day. In total, 173 volunteers worked to pick up 1,232 lbs. of trash and 450 lbs. of recycling at 7 sites across San Rafael.
Coastal Cleanup is an event that initiates a three-week long annual celebration of California’s coastal and water resources. If you missed California Cleanup Day, it is still an opportune time to participate in other environmentally conscious activities. Check out events occurring in Marin County below! Events marked with a green square are free of charge.
To link to the google calendar click here.