“An estimated 17 billion pounds of trash flow into the ocean every year.”
How do we keep our ocean trash free? Your leadership is urgent and critical!
Clean water programs for small organizations are often limited to managing annual shoreline cleanups. This grossly underestimates your leadership abilities. Shorecombers offers a series of dynamic courses for you the front line volunteers who are dedicated to saving your piece of paradise be it a beach, river, creek, lake or wetland. We aim to answer the often asked question: “How can I make the biggest difference?”
It’s time for you to move beyond just picking up trash a few times a year towards stopping the trash all together with sustainable programs you love.
In our online workshop you will master the skills to dramatically increase your effectiveness with a clear plan of action. You will develop and expand on you programs to gather more funding, sponsors and quality volunteers making you more sustainable and effective. According to BJ Smith, founder of Shorecombers “You don’t have to be a clean water group to make a difference. We train individuals and groups who care about clean water. They can be surfers, birdwatchers, anglers, boaters, or people who live along the river and sea shore. We train small groups and individuals because they are the foot soldiers most likely to carry out the work on the ground.”
Come with me as we dive deep into our communities looking for trash, funding, sponsors and volunteers. We’ll be building plans and programs that keep your trash out of our ocean. You don’t need prior experience, just a love of the ocean and all the waters that feed into it. Some of you will already have clean water programs and others want to add clean water and trash free programs to your club and neighborhood activities. Some of you will have very large organizations and others will work with small clubs or at the neighborhood level. All of your work is essential! No group is too small to make a difference.
What is a watershed? Why does it matter?
A watershed is sometimes called a water basin or catch basin. It is all the lands and waters that feed a waterbody. It’s usually illustrated as a river meandering down a mountain through urban and rural areas. If you throw your trash on the ground at any point, the rain will wash the trash into the river. Some areas contribute more trash to the river than others.
It matters because we will use these dynamics to draw the lines of our territory. If we want to protect a special area from trash, then we need to understand the possible origins of the trash.
This session you will learn:
Trash, trash and more trash – this session we are taking stock of the trash in your watershed and on your shoreline, because this is the trash you can keep out of the ocean.
This session is about finding the trash and becoming a citizen scientist to measure it and build predictive models of how it moves from human to land to sea. This is the basis of building your program and projects to attract funding, sponsors and volunteers.
In this session of characterize your cleanup territory and program, you will get into the field with your own trash blast survey. The work we’ll go over can be scaled up to a very large community or watershed or you can scale it down to a neighborhood.
To get started collecting and analyzing data on your trash sources, you need to have some rules about collecting trash data because your results may be questioned. Therefore your sampling methods need to be defensible. And that is easier that it sounds. Just develop a process and stick with it.
This is the last session in course number two – characterize your cleanup territory and program. This session is about my homework. Like I’ve said before you can scale this work up to a very large community or watershed or you can scale it down to a neighborhood. For my homework, I defined my territory, trash blast inventory, and my surveys.
I’m BJ Smith, strategic planner and social program builder helping people find their place in the clean water movement.
I have been a public servant, president of a non-profit cleaning up a large urban river, filmmaker and international program manager.
I'm here now to help you make sense of all the trash in the ocean, starting with the trash in your territory. Join me to learn how to get all the funding, sponsors, and volunteers you need to keep your trash out of our ocean.