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San Diego is known for its beloved beaches and marine wildlife, with 17 miles of coastline. Like many ocean areas, it struggles with plastics and trash, water pollution, and loss of marine habitat and species. Our chapter of Interfaith Oceans is dedicated to work together on these problems.
Sea Cleanse September welcomes people of all faiths and spiritual paths. It aligns with the International Coastal Cleanup, the Christian Season of Creation, and the spiritual ritual for the solemn Jewish New Year's celebration of Rosh Hashanah.
Coastal CleanUp and Trash-to-Art Contest Guide Below!
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Sea Cleanse September is a chance for everyone to rethink how we depend upon plastics and other disposables, and how our waste ends up in the oceans, killing sea life and integrating plastic micro-particles into the seafood we eat. Sea Cleanse begins on September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation (initiating the Christian Season of Creation), and extends through the International Coastal CleanUp Days, September 18-20 (sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy), this year's Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) through Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) to the end of the month. The Sea Cleanse Trash-to-Art photo submissions will be due by email or Instagram before midnight of September 30. You can build awareness of the trash problem by promoting your sculpture and posting your likes for two weeks--until October 14, 2020. The most likes wins! Scroll down for cleanup and contest details.
Taking Trash Back from the Ocean & Tranforming into Art
Many Jews prepare for the solemn Jewish New Year celebration of Rosh Hashanah with an ancient ritual of tashlich, casting pieces of bread representing the past years’ sins into a body of water, reflecting on how to progress to a better future as individuals and as a community. In recent years, many Jews have considered the concrete “sins” of plastics and waste we are putting into the ocean. Consequently, a new tradition has been born: “reverse tashlich,” pulling waste out of the ocean, lakes, and rivers.
The Christian Season of Creation “to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.”
Other spiritual practices, paths, and religions also engage in reflection, cleansing, and
starting anew for growth in better ways and relationships.
In the same spirit. Interfaith Oceans is welcoming people of all religions, faith traditions, and spiritual paths to join us in this act of ocean cleansing and reflection, transforming the trash into something new--art to build awareness of the problems of plastics and waste
in the ocean.
Submissions are due by end of day,
September 30, 2020.
Instagram likes are due
by end of day October 14, 2020.
Why Get Involved?
Alyssa Skites, one of the founders and co-leaders of Interfaith Oceans SDSU tells stories in this book of how young adults have overcome their sorrow at problems in the world by doing one small act at a time with others to spark change and make a difference. Getting involved with Interfaith Oceans and other service, social justice, environmental, and faith/spiritual groups can make a difference in your own life--deepening your hope, relationships, spiritual/faith life, and sense of meaning and place in the universe.