Friday, June 12, 2009

Press Release - HOT (Healing Oceans Together)

HOT (Healing Oceans Together) DAY PRESS CONFERENCE

  SUNDAY, JUNE 7th 10:15am

LEADBETTER BEACH-Far end of Picnic Area (across street from SBCC Football Field! Look for life size chicken)

SANTA BARBARA, CA (June 4th, 2009) With Santa Barbara's heightened awareness and concerned about the discarded plastics that have impacted local beaches and oceans, Santa Barbara High School's award-winning Dons Net Café is proud to host a press conference for HOT DAY (Healing Oceans Together) this Sunday, June 7th at 10:15am at Leadbetter Beach.

The negative impact of discarded plastics directly affects the local ecosystem, especially the sea life, from tiny plankton to great whales, thus slowly killing animals in every step of the food chain. The event this weekend will create awareness and direct action to help restore the local oceanic environment. Through the press conference and the following beach clean up, the Dons Net Café will support the Kasei Foundation's research vessels on their expedition from San Francisco to Hawaii.

At HOT Day, the Dons Net Café will continue their work of educating the Santa Barbara community about the damaging effects of using plastic bags. In addition, the students have created contests for people of all ages along with a fun beach clean up sponsored by their partners, Looking Good Santa Barbara. In order to motivate and educate young children about the importance of their environment, games and prizes will be provided for participation.

Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of organizing this event. Any additional contributions will benefit the DNC and Project Kaisei. The Dons Net Cafe will be offering a sign-up sheet for those who wish to donate and are interested in the well-being of the ocean and the environment.  The Dons Net Café was recently awarded first prize for their expansive environmental programs at the SAGE Competition (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship).

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Contact: Lee-Ann Knodel           OR                                       Contact: Andrea Neal                                                 
700 E. Anapamu St.                                                                2206 Oak Park Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93103                                                       Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805.963.8597                                                                          626.808.8737
About Kasei Foundation:
Project Kaisei was recently nominated as one of less than ten global "Climate Heroes" by the United Nations Environment Program. Kasei intends to capture, detoxify, and recycle discarded plastics into diesel fuel. The Kasei team will be going on a 70-day sailing mission to document and study the "Plastic Vortex" North-East of Hawaii. The project will also test methods of removing and recycling the plastic particles of the vortex. If the mission is successful, a large-scale clean up of waste will be initiated.  

About Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society (OFS):

Ocean Futures Society, (OFS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. With the motto, "Protect the ocean and you protect yourself;" the mission of OFS is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean's vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. OFS is based in Santa Barbara, California, with offices in Paris, France and Lucca, Italy. For more information, visit Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society


About Dons Net Café:
The Dons Net Café, is a successful service-learning program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office ROP (Regional Occupational Program), which continues a steadfast commitment to social-entrepreneurship and business education. This is the fourth environmental event that the Dons Net Café has helped coordinate; one such being the highly successful "A Day Without a Bag" for Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society. For this event, Dons Net Café teens raised $1500 to purchase reusable bags in addition to bags collected from donors to be dispensed throughout Santa Barbara at five locations. In addition to the bags, the Dons Net Café designed "Cousteau Bins" as a means of recycling outreach. The Cousteau Bins have been such an inspirational success that they will have their own table at the festivities at the Ty Warner Sea Center for World Ocean Day on June 6th. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program are sponsoring the Cousteau Bins.
Sher Moua
Programs Coordinator
Youth Service California
P.O. Box 70764
Oakland, CA  94612-0764
510-302-0560 Work
510-302-0551 Fax


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