GOOD

How to Do More for Your Seashore


\nIn most of the country, beach season is fast approaching. (I can practically hear my SoCal colleagues snickering that it never took a break.) So there’s no better time to think about how to make your local shore as clean as nature intended. As Environmental Director of the Save The Waves Coalition, Josh Berry has led his share of beach clean-ups. We caught up with him between sets—well, actually between phone calls and planning meetings for STW’s big annual Life Is a Wave fundraiser on Thursday the 27th in San Francisco—to get advice on how to rally the troops and organize your own beach clean. Turns out, it’s all pretty simple and common sense. “Anyone can do it,” Berry says, and we think everybody with a favorite stretch of sand should.
1. Pick the spot. This is probably as easy as recognizing that your local beach could use a cleanse. It’s worth keeping in mind that the most popular, busy beaches aren’t the only ones that need some TLC. Because of ocean currents and wind patterns, some pretty remote beaches are often fouled with trash from afar, says Berry.
2. Find the time. Weekend early mornings probably work best, as most people will have the day off and you beat the midday heat and the prime-time crowds. But, really, anytime that you can get a good crew will do. Not recommended are the middle of the day on holiday weekends, when you’ll have to navigate a patchwork of busy blankets, beach chairs, and towels. Though days after busy holiday weekends are good times, as hordes of less-than-respectful tourists can certainly leave a trace.
3. Get permission. Berry favors informal, grassroots-style clean up projects. And it’s pretty safe to assume that nobody is going to have a big problem with a bunch of people volunteering to pick up trash. Even so, if the beach in question is under city, state, or National Park Service jurisdiction, it’s probably worth giving the local authorities a call and letting them know your plan. They might even offer some resources and supplies. Oftentimes, they’ll even offer to send a garbage truck to toss the trash straight into.
4. Round up a crew. Call or e-mail a bunch of friends who you know love the beach as much as you do. If your personal network comes up short, post some signs in nearby cafes or surf shops with the date and time and your contact info. It shouldn’t be tough to find a small crew to spend a few hours on the water’s edge. To increase turnout, incentivize! “Personally, I like to dangle a carrot,” Berry says, suggesting that a barbecue and beers (and, um, Pepsi?) on the beach are a nice reward for some hard work.
5. Gear up. The only essential items, according to Berry, are gloves and trash bags. Some folks might bring those fancy trash-stabbing sticks (and some, possibly with more selfish motives, might bring a metal detector), but protective gloves and trash bags are all you really need. We’ll add fresh water to the list to keep everyone happy and hydrated.
6. The clean. Once everyone’s gathered, come up with an informal plan of attack and get after it. Maybe divide the beach into strips. Or maybe you prefer an unchoreographed assault on trash. Don’t leave until there’s nothing left on the beach except the gifts of mother nature. We wouldn’t actually recommend handling potentially dangerous waste like syringes or razors—best to notify the local authorities if you come across those. If you don’t have a garbage truck on site (see number 3), then haul the trash bags off to the nearest public dumpster.
Just like that, you’ve got a clean beach that everyone will appreciate.
Photo (cc) by Flickr user qnr

This post originally appeared on www.refresheverything.com, as part of GOOD's collaboration with the Pepsi Refresh Project, a catalyst for world-changing ideas. Find out more about the Refresh campaign, or submit your own idea today.
\n
Articles
via Gage Skidmore / Flickr and nrkbeta / flickr

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, announcing it had over 900 emails that White House aide Stephen Miller sent to former Breitbart writer and editor Katie McHugh.

According to the SPLC, in the emails, Miller aggressively "promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof's murderous rampage."

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
via Around the NFL / Twitter

After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

RELATED: Joe Namath Says Colin Kaepernick And Eric Reid Should Be Playing In The NFL

"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

RELATED: Video of an Oakland train employee saving a man's life is so insane, it looks like CGI

Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.

Culture
NASA

Four black women, Engineers Christine Darden and Mary Jackson, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and computer programmer Dorothy Vaughan, worked as "human computers" at NASA during the Space Race, making space travel possible through their complex calculations. Jackson, Johnson, and Vaughn all played a vital role in helping John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth.

They worked behind the scenes, but now they're getting the credit they deserve as their accomplishments are brought to the forefront. Their amazing stories were detailed in the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly, which was later turned into a movie. (Darden was not featured in the movie, but was in the book). Johnson has a building at NASA named after her, and a street in front of NASA's Washington D.C. headquarters was renamed "Hidden Figures Way."

Keep Reading Show less
Science

Between Alexa, Siri, and Google, artificial intelligence is quickly changing us and the way we live. We no longer have to get up to turn on the lights or set the thermostat, we can find the fastest route to work with a click, and, most importantly, tag our friends in pictures. But interacting with the world isn't the only thing AI is making easier – now we can use it save the world, too.

Keep Reading Show less
Good News
Courtesy of John S. Hutton, MD

A report from Common Sense Media found the average child between the ages of 0 and 8 has 2 hours and 19 minutes of screen time a day, and 35% of their screen time is on a mobile device. A new study conducted by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital published in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics, found exactly what all that screen time is doing to your kid, or more specifically, your kid's developing brain. It turns out, more screen time contributes to slower brain development.

First, researchers gave the kids a test to determine how much and what kind of screen time they were getting. Were they watching fighting or educational content? Were they using it alone or with parents? Then, researchers examined the brains of children aged 3 to 5 year olds by using MRI scans. Forty seven brain-healthy children who hadn't started kindergarten yet were used for the study.

They found that kids who had more than one hour of screen time a day without parental supervision had lower levels of development in their brain's white matter, which is important when it comes to developing cognitive skills, language, and literacy.

Keep Reading Show less
Health