On Thursday, more than 4,000 students from around Los Angeles, along with teachers and volunteers, helped to clean Dockweiler State Beach before grouping together to form some impressive aerial art. The event coincided with Kids Ocean Day, which brought students around California and beyond together to raise awareness about polluted waterways around the world.
Recently the site of sewage dumps just a mile offshore, Dockweiler Beach seems like an appropriate site for the event, which was sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. Steve Kinsey, Chair of the Commission, said in a press release that the goal of the project is to get children involved in the preservation of our natural resources. "Since the problems facing our ocean are caused by us – pollution, sea level rise, ocean acidification, declining fish stocks – it is up to us to find a way to address them. The kids participating today seek to inspire everyone to work together toward that end."
One thing's for sure: the aerial art at this year's event looks pretty impressive. With even more participants than last year, the students were able to make a mosaic of cool shapes and figures reminding all of those grownups out there dirtying the oceans to get their act together.