30/30 Experiment by Andre Faubert

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Hello everyone… My name is Andre Faubert. I grew up loving the ocean and everything it offered me. I am an avid surfer and active in caring for our beaches and waterways. I spent 10 years in Utah where pristine mountains and heavy snowpack’s delivered some of the best water in the world to the citizens of Salt Lake and surrounding areas. I really took for grant the cleanliness of the environment and how much people care about it. Coming back to California and getting back in the water was a real shocker to me. I notice tons of debris on the beaches and floating around me. I did some homework and got involved with Surfrider Foundation to see what I could do to help. You see all the plastic straws, cigarette butts, plastic bags and wrappers came from US. The river systems and crowds at the beaches are responsible for the pollution in the oceans. People don’t realize that that trash they throw on the street ends up washing into our river systems, straight to the ocean. Then I found out about the area twice the size of Texas that is a garbage island in the Pacific Ocean. It is known as the Gyre, but I call it what it is, Garbage Island. We are all responsible for this disaster. Take a minute and look it up if you’re not familiar with it.

I live in Huntington Beach and love my city and its beaches. I’m 37 now and want to see if I can make a difference with this pollution on the beaches. So I am going out to our beach for 1 hour a day for 30 days to see how much trash I can remove from the beach myself. I will start at the river jetty connecting Newport and Huntington Beach’s. Then continue all the way down until I reach the Jack in the Box at the end of Bolsa Chica Beach. I will blog my results and take photos and video of my project. I will also store all of the trash I pick up and see how much I end up with at the end of 30 days. I will log my distance travelled everyday and see what difference one person can make. I will also separate the trash and audit the recyclable material to see how much valuable material is washed out to the ocean.

My goal is to raise awareness to all people about how much pollution our beaches actually have on their shoreline. Hopefully, giving motivation to all people to make a difference. Whether it is helping to clean our beaches or picking up trash in your neighborhood. Or even opening our eyes to the destructive nature of plastics. How important recycling and reusing are to our society. Do you realize how poisonous cigarette butts are to our ocean environment? Our water in California is so precious and in low supply. If we keep this storm water cleaner or can somehow remove this debris before it reaches our shoreline. Then we can reuse this water in several applications. I challenge the corporations and cities to solve this problem. We can recycle this water and the plastics contained in it. Let’s clean our beaches and oceans together.

Hope you enjoy going on this adventure with me. I believe that we can all do our part. Well I got to go now, but I hope to see you down on the beach soon. I will catch a wave for you… and do my part to make those waves cleaner.

Andre Faubert
HSB Surfrider Foundation – Core Volunteer