For some reason, entrenched in many environmental battles (like tar sands, big oil, disposable containers, leaving the water running!), I forgot the travesty of littering. I wasn’t naive enough to think that littering didn't happen
I just thought we’d moved on - because of education, common sense, and basic human decency. So my optimism was a bit crushed on our National Day of Service last weekend.
I signed up for an LA Citywide Cleanup hosted by Friends of Ballona Creek Wetlands bike path, which runs next to, you guessed it, Ballona Creek.
Once upon a time, someone got the idea to wrap Ballona Creek in concrete. Today it is a pathetic little stream of water that runs through, what amounts to, a large and unsightly skateboard ramp, on it’s way to Marina del Rey. I privately cheer every time I see a little bush or tree that has pushed up through the cement.
Creek is a direct passage to the ocean with no barricades. It drains the Los Angeles basin, for those of you out-of-town that would include: Hollywood, UCLA, USC, The Hills, The Walt Disney Symphony Center, etc.
Most Common Trash:
Cigarette Butts (Stop smoking, it’s nasty, throw your cigarette butts in the trash – this is not hard!)
Plastic Bags (grocery, newspaper, dog poop bags)
Styrofoam – Why is this stuff still in use?
Take out containers, coffee stirrers, and Starbucks containers.