The beach is a prominent archetype in our collective imaginations, symbolizing peace, romance, meditation, and friends and family bonding, and World Beach Day celebrates this special connection.
World Beach Day was created by Patti Jewel after a year-long 2010 project to visit all the beaches in Florida. She started the holiday to bring awareness to ecological problems ruining beaches, such as pollution, erosion, overdevelopment, urban run-off, and contaminated sands, which harms beach wildlife and beach enjoyment. World Beach Day is a day to both enjoy and celebrate beaches and protect and clean them for years of fun to come. World Beach Day kicks off World Beach Month, which features events and special days to promote beach pollution awareness and beach appreciation.
Interesting Facts About the Problems Facing our Oceans and Beaches
Are you familiar with the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”?
Or perhaps the Garfield phone beach?
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a 1.6 million square kilometer 1.8 trillion piece of plastic trash patch weighing 80,000 tons and located halfway between Hawaii and California. The “GPGP” is the largest of five offshore accumulation zones in the world’s oceans: it’s three times the size of France.
Half of the trash that accumulates in the ocean is lighter than water, and the stronger and more buoyant plastic floats on the ocean’s surface, winding in sea currents and converging in giant patches of debris.
If you’re in the market for antique Garfield phones, you might want to check out Garfield phone beach, a thirty-year beach pollution mystery. Garfield phone beach is in Brittany France on the Iroise coast. Pieces of vintage collectible Garfield cat phones from the 1980s have been washing up on the coast for decades. In early 2019 a lost cargo shipment was found in a rock fissure on the coast, solving the mystery of the never-ending supply of orange plastic cats; however, the shipment container is inaccessible to anti-litter clean-up groups.
How World Beach Day Unites People
World Beach Day is the perfect day to visit your local beach with family or friends and enjoy the sand and sea water and beach life.
Hold a beach games tournament to celebrate
Try a fun game of beach volleyball. The team with the most points wins.
You could also hold a sandcastle challenge. Set creative goals: participants must use as many seashells as possible must build a unique “castle,” like a log cabin, animal, or sculpture.
Play “water bucket relay.” Set up buckets at a determined length from the shore and challenge friends to carry a paddle full of water to the bucket. Whoever collects the most water in their pail wins.
It’s also important to protect and preserve the beaches
Hold a beach clean-up party and invite family and friends or open your gathering to the public.
Provide snacks, water, thick gloves, and recycle, compost, and trash bins, and a separate bin for hazardous materials, such as batteries and electronics.
Join Clean Swell to track the trash you collect and the distance you clean, instantaneously uploading your efforts and progress to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database.
If you live far from a beach or coastline, consider donating to a beach preservation foundation, and you can always celebrate beaches at home.
Watch your favorite beach-themed movie or series
Spend some time researching your country’s beaches and ways you can help in the world-wide effort to keep the oceans and beaches pollution-free.