College students spend spring break cleaning up beaches on California coast

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on March 19, 2010 3:44 pm

This has nothing to do with skiing, we just like the story.


What: This spring, instead of going to Cancun for their spring break, 40 college students with the statewide public interest organization CALPIRG are spending their break doing something different: these young people want to see California protect our oceans and marine life.

The Wave of Change Tour 2010 will start out in San Diego and travel up the state’s coast making seven stops. At each stop the students will hold beach cleanups, beach themed press conferences, and collected “Greetings from…” postcards for our state legislators to build support for a statewide Styrofoam takeout container ban. The tour will culminate in a press conference and lobby day in Sacramento where students will meet with 50 legislators about taking action to protect our oceans.


Monday, March 22, 2010 at 10am


Cabrillo Beach, Inner Harbor


Coreen Weintraub, CALPIRG Representative and Senior

Gina Goodhill, Oceans Advocate for Environment California

Sonia Diaz, Legislative Associate with Heal the Bay

City Councilmember Paul Koretz (Invited)

Great Visuals!

Forty students holding a beach party with limbo, beach balls, hula skirts and beach cleanup. Large “Greetings from Los Angeles” postcards for passers-by to sign in support of a statewide Sytrofoam ban. A huge trash monster!

CALPIRG Students is a statewide, non-profit public interest organization, with chapters at eleven campuses in California: Visit for more information about CALPIRG.

Driving and Parking Directions:

From the 110S: Turn left at N Gaffey St

Turn left at W 1st St

Take 2nd right onto S Pacific Ave

Turn left at Stephen M White Dr

Slight left at Oliver Vickery Cir Way (at the white parking booth)

Park in front of aquarium (there is a statue in the middle of the lot, the Bathouse is on the right hand side, and there may be school busses there)

Park as close as you can to the beach and come join us!