This project would not have been possible without the encouragement of my sister and her husband, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. For close to 20 years, they have been collecting plastic refuse from Kehoe Beach in Marin County, California. They use what they find to create beautiful works of art that have been on view in museums and galleries world-wide. A short documentary film called One Plastic Beach tells their story. They offered their love and support throughout the process—and supplied beach plastic used in the creation of Into the Current.
Beach plastic contributions were also made by friends from around the world who are connected through social media. I am grateful to the following dedicated environmentalists who share my passion for reducing waste, picking up litter, and cleaning beaches. For inspiration, you can follow many of them on social media.
- Heather Cremia, @1stcreamiatwin on Instagram—Outer Bank, North Carolina
- Cate Dine, @cleancoast_angel on Instagram—Rothesay Bay, Mairangi Bay, Murrays Bay, Campbells Bay, Browns Bay, and Kennedy’s Bay: Aukland, New Zealand
- @drdross_the_jambo on Instagram—Monyash (the village), A515 (the road), Derbyshire, UK
- Don Elwing—Ocean View, Hawaii (Donate to Don’s Go Fund Me to help him keep Hawaii’s beaches clean)
- Anna Kaufmann, @anna.kauffman on Instagram—Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
- Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, http://plasticforever.blogspot.com, Kehoe Beach, Marin County, California
- Lynne Lushmore, @roiolo on Instagram—Stokes Bay, England
I am also grateful to the environmental activists who brought us together through social media and shared hashtags. To learn more or to join the one of the trash-picking, beach-cleaning, planet-loving communities, please visit:
- 2 Minute Beach Clean—https://beachclean.net—#2minutebeachclean
- Take 3—http://www.take3.org—#take3forthesea