Right now, the biggest thing to hit the beach since Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon is rap.
No...I'm not talking about The Sugar Hill Gang grabbing surfboards or Grandmaster Flash taking the white lines highway to Santa Monica Pier. I'm talking about RAP - the Rise Above Plastics movement.
Plastics threaten not only our planet but our oceans and marine life. Thousands of marine life die each year from either ingesting plastics or getting tangled in them. So The Surfrider Foundation went on a mission to "reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics."
Are you re-thinking taking a drink from that plastic water bottle in your hand right now?
It's time to put down that bottle and grab your ceramic beer stein.
Yes...I said beer stein! Because...
October is RAPTOBERFEST!!
Raptoberfest will be giving you tips all month long on how you can lessen your plastic footprint.
But first, let's kick off Raptoberfest right! Remember that beer stein I told you to get. Do you have it? Good. But WAIT! Don't fill it with beer (yet). I'm starting to tease you, aren't I?
Take the stein to your favorite beach or park this Saturday for the One Foot At A Time plastic clean-up. The goal is to pick up one square foot of plastic and then get creative. Click here to choose your template, print it out and create something wonderful from the plastics you've collected! There will be prizes for the best piece of plastic art.
Check back because I'll be posting my masterpiece. And then I'll properly dispose of it in the recycling bin.
OK...Now you can fill up your stein. And perform rap songs. Rise Above Plastic songs, that is.
See I am Wonder Mere
And I'd like to say hello
To the bag, to the cap, the toy and the straw
To the bottle and jello
I gotta ban ban
The plastics from the beach
Say up jump the ocean
To the banned banned plastics
You don't stop
Rock the clean-up that will make your planet rock