May 08 2015

1st Annual Wahine Classic Beach Sweep

Folly Beach hosted the 1st Annual Folly Wahine Classic Beach Sweep this past weekend in honor of Earth Day’s 45th anniversary. Earth Day invites everyone to focus on sustainability, recycling, and making a difference through grassroots efforts. The Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation took up this challenge and brought the community together to join in an hour of yoga to stretch their bodies and open their minds on the beach by the Washout. Afterward, the ecologically interested group consisting of 30 volunteers headed to the beach carrying earth friendly bags, gloves and bottles of water that were supplied by the Surfrider Foundation. All types of trash were picked up and properly disposed of including plastic bags and bottles, cigarette butts, and other nefarious objects trashing up Folly Beach. In total, about 100 pounds of trash was removed from just four blocks of beach area.

Other events supported by the group have included the Clean Marine event, where people were asked to bring items such as paint, tires, crab traps, batteries, tires and other materials in an effort to keep these items out of the water. They are partnering with Folly Turtles on May 2nd for their 5th Annual Folly Turtles Homecoming. Volunteers are needed, so if you are interested in helping to educate the community about how trash in our oceans affects these magnificent animals, please email charleston@surfrider.org

The Homecoming event will have children’s activities and will offer educational insights about Leatherbacks and Loggerheads, Nesting and Protecting Nests, and Hatchlings. The groups, Surfrider Foundation and Folly Turtles, hope to create a safer beach for the turtles as they nest, and inform visitors to the beach about proper safety for the eggs as they incubate. The Homecoming will be held from 9:30-11:30am at Ocean Park, located near the beach on 3rd Street West.  A rain date for May 9th has been arranged if necessary, and information will be updated at FollyTurtles.com in the event of bad weather.

Also, check out this update from the Surfrider Desk: “Join Charleston Surfrider, the Coastal Conservation League, Natural Investments, and Don’t Drill SC for a screening of The Great Invisible on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the American Theater, 446 King Street, Charleston. Witness the impacts of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster on Gulf Coast Communities. Local experts and elected officials will be on hand to deliver comments and answer questions.”

Other events coming soon will include SUP and kayak cleanups, other beach sweeps and more surf movie nights.

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