Posted by: Bob Payne | May 4, 2011

Keeping it Local: Engaged Communities Key to Successful Ocean Conservation

According to statewide polling, nine in 10 Californians say the quality of the beach and ocean is important to them personally as well as important for the overall quality of life and economy in the state. I encountered a great example of how personally Californians take ocean protection over a spring break visit with my family to the Point Reyes National Seashore. We came across West Marin County artist Richard James installing “Thirsty”- a sculpture made up of five, 8-foot-high bottles constructed out of chicken wire and filled with beach debris – plastic bottles, thousands and thousands of plastic bottles- all collected by James while walking his local beaches over the course of one year.

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