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Cal Poly Student Organizes Earth Day Beach Cleanup April 21

Two girls examining a rock on a boat.April 11, 2013

Contact: Jess Ferrentino

805-595-7280; info@sealifecenter.org

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The community is invited to the second annual “Beneath the Surface” Earth Day celebration and beach cleanup to be held Sunday, April 21, in Avila Beach. Organized by Cal Poly biology student Elizabeth Sikkema and sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation and EcoSLO, the cleanup is a chance to give back, learn a little and have some fun.

The day will kick off with a dive cleanup from 9 - 11 a.m. Certified divers are invited to meet at Hartford Pier at 9 a.m. Depth Perception, a local dive shop, will provide equipment and master divers to direct the efforts. Trash collected during the dive will be used in a trash art workshop that afternoon.

The beach cleanup will be from 12 - 4 p.m. In addition to the trash art workshop, there will be live music, a display on how climate change affects tropical areas, and information on coastal and marine birds and mammals.

The event will be headquartered at the Avila Sea Life Center, which will also display posters by local third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes explaining why it's important to conserve the oceans. The winning class will receive a free lab experience at the center.

Sikkema became interested in the event because of her passion for conservation. "I wanted to help spread awareness of conservation," Sikkema said. "We need to come together and keep our local backyard clean, and that, in turn, will have a global effect."

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