Cleaning for our future

Organizers of Coast Guard Base Kodiak's annual Earth Day cleanup event pose for a photo by Jewel Beach in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2015. The Coast Guard Officer's Association of Kodiak sponsored the event, raising approximately $1,200 through a 5K run the weekend prior. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Organizers of Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s annual Earth Day cleanup event pose for a photo by Jewel Beach in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2015. The Coast Guard Officer’s Association of Kodiak sponsored the event, raising approximately $1,200 through a 5K run the weekend prior. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Armed with blue rubber gloves and large yellow and green trash bags, Coast Guard members throughout Coast Guard Base Kodiak came together to participate in an annual trash cleanup day as part of an Earth Day celebration.

Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22 to broaden support for environmental programs, rekindle public commitment and build community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities.

Each year, Coast Guard Base Kodiak holds an Earth Day cleanup the day before the City of Kodiak celebrates their annual city cleanup.

“It’s a great way to foster the community spirit of our Coast Guard members while ensuring a cleaner earth for ourselves and future generations,” said Lt. Gordon Hood, president of the Officer’s Association of Kodiak.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Noni James-Dopwell places a plastic sheet into a trash bag after fishing it out of a creek near Jewel Beach in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Noni James-Dopwell places a plastic sheet into a trash bag after fishing it out of a creek near Jewel Beach in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Hood and several other members of Base Kodiak held a 5K run the weekend prior to increase awareness and raise money for the cleanup and luncheon. They raised approximately $1,200 to sponsor the event.

While fewer people volunteered this year, the amount of trash picked up around the base was still impressive. Some volunteers drove personal vehicles around base picking up large amounts of trash.

“The volunteers were told to leave their bags of trash on the side of the road around the base to be picked up by commercial services and taken to the dumps,” said Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Logan, clean up organizer. “We’re expecting at least a full truck of trash to be picked up this afternoon.”

The volunteers were excited to get outside the office and enjoy the day; however, they were also enthusiastic to participate in the cleanup.

“We’re containing the trash and the environment, we can’t keep it completely clean, but if we can contain it, we can keep it clean for years to come,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Bailey.

Bailey and his co-workers from Base Kodiak’s procurement office were out in full force picking up cans, metals, ropes and plastics.

“It’s Earth Day, we have to clean up not just for us, but for our children,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Noni James-Dopwell. “We have to keep the world clean for them.”

Interested in finding out what you can do for the environment? Visit Earthday.org and get involved!

Arturo Tornito places a rope found on Jewel Beach into a trash bag during Coast Guard Base Kodiak's annual base cleanup event in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2015. The cleanup is held in conjunction with the City of Kodiak's Earth Day celebrations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Arturo Tornito places a rope found on Jewel Beach into a trash bag during Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s annual base cleanup event in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2015. The cleanup is held in conjunction with the City of Kodiak’s Earth Day celebrations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

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