SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 11, April 2016 - Page 5

his, is how you make "Earth Day, every day."

A few weeks ago I was getting tacos on Pacific Beach in San Diego and I saw a dad, his two sons, and their dog. They were just a couple guys walking their pooch by the beach - as anyone else would have, only difference was Lewis,

age 13, running around picking up trash. Lewis goes to Pacific Beach Middle School and is doing at least 15 hours of beach cleanup as part of his community service requirement for school.

The best part of this all was when his father, Jordan, realized, "it its contagious. We have had many people talk to him or I saying how nice it is that he is doing it and that he's inspired them to do the same."

An act so simple woven into a routine that was already in the works. An act so small that directly affects the biodiversity in an ocean so few of us actually see. Any one of those plastic bags could have choked a sea turtle, and any one of those discarded lighters could have ended up in the belly of sea bird, not to mention what happens to everything once it breaks down into microscopic pieces. At SEVENSEAS we're hoping Lewis continues his awesome work of cleaning up the beach and that his younger brother Owen follows in his footsteps. We would like to thank them for not only doing such a great job, but inspiring others.

Now, what about you? April 22nd is a reminder that disappears from our memory far too soon every year. How can you make Earth Day, every day? How can you weave an inspiring practice into your routine- not just to lessen your impact but to make up for our neighbors who aren't paying attention. Maybe it is picking up that plastic bottle on the sidewalk and not just hoping the street cleaners get to it. Maybe it is not accepting straws or lids the next time

you're at Starbucks. Who knows, but I bet

there's some pretty low hanging habits you

can adjust that would make the world of an


Just in case you were wondering if I was all talk and no action, I recently made one really effortless routine change. I now pick up any plastic trash I see on the sidewalk on my morning walk to work. Washington DC has plenty of litter on the ground but it also has plenty of trash cans - and I'm walking past them anyway. At least now I know those bottles won't get washed into the Chesapeake Bay and I can eat my tacos in peace.

Happy Earth Day and Happy Swimming,

Giacomo Abrusci