Published 4/23/2009 on Grunion Gazette
What started as a college project has become a growing environmental outreach to help clean the local shoreline.
The new effort, called Onepiece At A Time, has community members keeping Long Beach neighborhoods free of trash with monthly cleanups. Founder Laurel Terreri said she is seeking to capitalize on a philosophy of thinking globally and acting locally.
Onepiece At A Time started as a grassroots project — part of Terreri’s master’s degree studies in spiritual psychology at the University of Santa Monica.
She said she wanted to help clean the streets in and around Los Angeles while emphasizing the idea that individual efforts can combine to make a bigger difference.
Beach cleanups take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month at the end of Termino Avenue.
Twenty-seven people attended her inaugural event on Saturday, April 4.
Aside from the current outreach that takes place in Long Beach, Terreri said she also is planning educational presentations and would like to organize additional cleanups around the area and along freeways.
In Los Angeles, she is putting on a “Trashy Tuesdays” initiative, which invites employees from the Orthopaedic Hospital to pick up garbage from the area around the facility during their lunch breaks.
Onepiece At A Time is among similar outreach efforts in Long Beach that include the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup — organized by Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team, the Litter Abatement and Awareness Campaign and cleanups organized by the Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
The next cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 2. To participate, meet in the parking lot at the end of Termino Avenue. Gloves, bags and a limited number of parking passes are available.