DC chapter members, here’s the deal: we’re not planning a location-specific cleanup this month, but we still want to take part in Surfrider’s RAPtober month of rising above plastics, so we’ve decided to hold a distributed, virtual cleanup! Here’s how we’d like you to help out:
(1) While you’re out on the water, at the beach, or running errands today, pick up at least two pieces of plastic litter to throw away, but don’t throw it out yet!
(2) Take a quick pic of the trash with your mobile device.
(3) Post the photo to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #raptober and mention @surfriderdc.
(4) Ok, now throw it out (or recycle, if possible).
At the end of the month, we’ll collect all those images uploaded and create a digital collage of the trash collected. If you don’t have an Instagram or Twitter account and don’t want to set one up, just email your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure it gets into the right hands.
Here’s an example of a chapter member posting their findings to Instagram, with the comment: “I went kayaking on the Anacostia today and picked up all of this just floating by me. Perfect timing for #raptober @surfriderdc”
Have fun with this! It’s virtual…and distributed…and helps clean up your local waters/community!
Come out to Buffalo Billiards in Dupont on Wednesday, October 16 to watch some surf flicks, drink a drink (or two), and hang with your fellow DC Chapter Surfrider members!
We’re also looking for movies to watch, so if you have a DVD and want to put it in the running to show, mention it in the comments below or on Facebook in the event’s comments (click here) — we’ll collect all the entries and put it to a vote.
Here’s the Facebook event:
UMD Paint Branch Stream Clean Up
Sunday, Nov 11th: 12pm – 2pm
Acredale Park, 4300 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD (map)
Paint Branch flows through Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. In 1974, Paint Branch was designated as Natural Trout Waters by the state of Maryland, and the stream supports a population of Brown Trout. This cleanup will help protect this fragile habitat, and stop the trash from flowing downstream.
Meet in the Acredale Park parking lot (first lot on the left after you turn onto Metzerott Rd from Route 1).
Dress for cold weather and mud (long pants, sturdy shoes, etc). Cleanup supplies and snacks provided.
UMD Students: Our cleanup site is right next to your campus! Spread the word, bring your friends, and help us stop trash from flowing into the Anacostia River.
Hey Surfrider DC! This month Surfrider celebrates RAPtober, a month-long campaign to raise awareness for its Rise Above Plastics program. We wanted to hold a cleanup for RAPtober, but this is difficult to organize given people’s schedules. So, we decided to hold a distributed cleanup! Everyone gets to hold their own mini one-person cleanup whenever and wherever is most convenient! It’s simple! Here’s what you do:
(1) See plastic trash outdoors (It’s everywhere, but keep a look out on your way to work, outside your house, at the park, or whenever you see some trash.)
(2) Before October ends, pick up at least two (2) pieces of plastic trash and take a picture of you holding the items (use a napkin if it’s gross, but don’t pick up dangerous stuff):
(3) Throw the trash out! (or recycle, if appropriate)
(4) Post the picture you took to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and mention Surfrider DC:
Tag the picture with: #RAPtober
Need some help? Here’s an example tweet:
— Surfrider DC Chapter (@SurfriderDC) October 23, 2012
(5) That’s it!
We only have 9 days of October left, so have at it! After October, we’ll collect all these images and put them together into an (hopefully) awesome collage! Take and post one picture, or post tons! We’ll collect everything. Have questions? Email email@example.com.