Tomorrow morning I’m going to walk out my front door and the five minutes down the hill it takes to reach the Torrance beach where Heal the Bay has one of its 60 different clean up sites in the L.A. area. There I’ll join over 12,000 volunteers from all over Los Angeles will take action to rid our beaches and inland waterways of unsightly and harmful debris.
We’ll all be part Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), the international event with over 60 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet! I’m real big on world wide volunteer efforts – as I’ll remind you after the jump.
The more time I spend with Lillian Light the more I admire, respect and flat out like her.
Our relationship started about a month ago when we spent an evening together carpooling to a UCLA workshop on communication climate change that we both participated in.
I wrote about our experience at the time in Greenius On The Green Scene The South Bay Report.
I dug Lillian right away. She speaks her mind, she knows what she’s talking about and she does more than just talk, she walks the environmental walk. Lillian is the real deal and a rare commodity in this world – authentic and genuine without the slightest hint of pretense or self-importance.
Lillian is also the President of the Environmental Priorities Network (EPN) and I wanted to learn more about them and more about Lillian herself. When I asked her if she’d agree to be interviewed for Creative Greenius she graciously agreed.
I live at the beach. Well technically a half-mile from the beach, but I can see the ocean from my house and I get the beach weather here. As somebody born in Flatbush, Brooklyn in 1957 I know how lucky I am to live where I do. I count my blessings every day and I try to give back.
So I’m a member of Surfrider and Heal the Bay, and I try to never miss our annual beach clean up days. And I don’t limit my beach trash pick up to just those days either.
Every year that I have participated in those Torrance beach clean up days, and whenever I walk the beach throughout the year, the one type of trash I pick up more than any other is cigarette butts. It’s not just the beach either. I picked up hundreds of cigarette butts in Old Town Torrance when I joined the Old Town Torrance Neighborhood Association in their neighborhood clean up in January of this year.