Youth Gather Together For Coastal Clean-Up Day
The day kicked off the day with some bagels and pastries, just mingling. Then everyone gathered around and some representatives from Friends of Sausal who began to talk about the importance and purpose of us all coming to help. I remember him thanking us, and how dedicated he was to the cause, I liked that because it’s great to have people that care about our environment.
He explained the different groups that we would be in and then we all separated and got our proper tools for the job. We went from the Scout Hut and walked across, past the pool, past the playground, into the woods and followed a path across a road into more woods. The original group I was in was pulling up blackberry plants and ivory. Blackberry plants and ivory plants are very invasive. Native plants that grow there don’t have space to grow, or the blackberry plants overtake them and can prevent them from growing.
I went to a different group later on the day. In that group, we were cutting down some invasive species and cutting it up to put on a tarp that other people could dispose of in a yard waste dumpster. I liked doing it because we were able to be so aggressive with it and it was very hands on. Jade and I were a power team and got it done so fast; it felt really good to do and to know that I’m helping.
We were able to mingle with people from other schools and other people with similar interest in the environment. I even saw a teacher from my elementary school. It was a really great experience, and I can’t wait to be able to do it again next year. Maybe it’ll become a tradition that I can get my family to do with me :).
Written By: Asha, Oakland Tech Intern
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