The 21st Annual Kids Ocean Day Inspries 4,000 Kids, Teachers and Volunteers to Clean the Beach and Send a Global Message to Protect the Ocean from Trash and Plastic Litter

What
The 21st Annual Kids Ocean Day Inspries 4,000 Kids, Teachers and Volunteers to Clean the Beach and Send a Global Message to Protect the Ocean from Trash and Plastic Litter
When
5/15/2014, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM

WHAT:            

The 21st Annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up and aerial artwork, involving 4,000 Los Angeles kids, teachers and volunteers. After the beach cleanup, the kids will form an aerial art image in the sand, spelling out a message from the sea. The activity allows the children to become voices of the ocean and teachers to the world, raising awareness of the adverse impacts of litter and pollution on the ocean.
 
WHEN:            

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Beach cleanup: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

News conference/Kick-off program: 10:00 a.m.

Aerial art formation: 11:30 a.m.

Aerial art flyover: 12:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:           

Dockweiler State Beach, 8255 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA  90293
 
Directions, Parking & Media Check in: Travel west on the 105 Fwy. to Imperial Hwy., which ends at the Dockweiler State Beach parking lot entrance. Turn right after the parking kiosk and proceed to the parking lot on the left (Lot #1).

INVITED SPEAKERS:   

Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Councilman, District 11
Barbara Romero, Commissioner, Los Angeles Board of Public Works
Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager, California Coastal Commission
Traci Minamide, Chief Operating Officer, LA Sanitation
John Quigley, Aerial Artist and Environmental Educator, Spectral Q
Michael Klubock, Founder and Executive Director, Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and Kids Ocean Day
 
VISUALS:
Beach clean-up by school children
Organizing 4,000 people to form aerial artwork
Aerial art, best viewed from the air

MEDIA NEEDS:
Mult-box available at news conference/kickoff program. No power on-site. Limited seats for media representatives are available on the helicopter provided by the Malibu Foundation. Please signify interest ASAP. First come, first serve.

BACKGROUND:
Kids Ocean Day in Los Angeles is the culmination of a year-round school assembly program by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education to teach school kids about how plastic litter flows down streets to the ocean, killing marine life and polluting food resources. To enhance the lesson, students are taken to the beach for a clean-up and to participate in an aerial artwork.
 
This year, the aerial artwork will be a message from the sea to the world. Aerial artist John Quigley will transform the words into a human sculpture in the sand.
 
Kids Ocean Day in Los Angeles is one of six in the state of California, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. More than 8,500 kids will participate in this year’s Kids Ocean Day statewide. 
 
Kids Ocean Day in Los Angeles is organized by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, the California Coastal Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Keep Los Angeles Beautiful and Spectral Q Aerial Art. 
 
To learn more about Kids Ocean Day, visit www.oceanday.net and www.kidsoceanday.org.
 

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