Colleagues, friends and family of the Fairmont San Francisco participate in the 2012 Coastal Cleanup Day // (c) 2012 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Colleagues, friends and family of the Fairmont San Francisco participate in the 2012 Coastal Cleanup Day // (c) 2012 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

California’s beaches provide endless recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike. The state’s 1,100 miles of coastline support myriad marine life, from sea lions, seals, dolphins and whales to the brightly colored garibaldi frequently found off the coast of Santa Catalina Island.

Furthermore, the state’s beaches are a place to gather, to recreate, and to find one’s muse. Southern California, alone, is home to more than 75 beaches, which attract 129 million visitors a year. Not surprisingly, the popularity of California’s beaches has a negative downside, as they become depositories for the trash unthinking visitors forget to carry out with them.

Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 at the Dockweiler Beach (Tower 59) Cleanup Site // (c) 2012 Heal the Bay.
Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 at the Dockweiler Beach (Tower 59) Cleanup Site // (c) 2012 Heal the Bay.

Additionally, and more adversely, California’s inland waterways, many of which connect to the state’s beaches, act as trash superhighways, by carrying all manner of refuse and debris from around the state and depositing it all on the beach. Last year, the six miles of coastline fronting Orange County generated enough trash to fill ten garbage trucks every week, at a cost of $350,000 to taxpayers.

It is also estimated that another 20 to 40 percent of trash found on all beaches around the world is generated from the (now unlawful) dumping of trash by marine vessels like cargo ships and cruise liners.

As a last line of defense, tens of thousands of Californians team together to participate in Coastal Clean Up Day, held on the third Saturday in September every best price for levitra online year. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet.

Last year, more than 65,000 volunteers removed almost 770,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways.

Colleagues, friends and family of the Fairmont San Francisco participate in the 2012 Coastal Cleanup Day // (c) 2012 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Colleagues, friends and family of the Fairmont San Francisco participate in the 2012 Coastal Cleanup Day // (c) 2012 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in California have pledged to bring 1,000 volunteers, including colleagues, friends and family members to this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, to help clear away the debris that has accumulated over the past year.

“California Coastal Cleanup Day is a significant coastal protection and restoration volunteer event and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts of California has proudly supported this event for the past several years, says Tom Klein, Regional Vice-President of Operations and General Manager at the Fairmont San Francisco. Over a century ago Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was founded on an enduring connection to the land, communities and people where we do business.  Energizing our commitment to ‘think globally and act locally’, we are proud to support hotel-based environmental initiatives that encourage partnerships and learning while addressing a universal environmental issue in a way that hits close to home. Coastal Cleanup Day teaches all Californians that our everyday actions have broad implications for the well-being of our oceans and the habitat and wildlife that depend on them.”

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