Events planned to celebrate World Oceans Week

(Photo courtesy Save Our Shores)

Save Our Shores organizes film screening, protest march, paddle out

MONTEREY BAY—Non-profit environmental organization Save Our Shores is hosting three events this weekend aiming to raise awareness during World Oceans Week.

On Thursday in Santa Cruz, “Blue,” a multiple award-winning Australian documentary film will be screened. The feature is a provocative journey into the ocean realm that reveals how industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have irretrievably altered the marine world.

The film begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave.

A panel discussion with local experts Dan Haifley, Gary Griggs, Jason Scorse and Donna Meyers will follow the film.

Tickets are $10 in advance at and $15 at the door.

On Saturday, Save Our Shores invites the public to wear blue, bring a sign about an ocean issue of choice and spend an afternoon at the March For the Ocean.

Participants will meet at Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz at 3 p.m. to join a bagpiper-led march from the Lighthouse to Cowell Beach along West Cliff Drive. The march will end at Cowell Beach around 4 p.m., with marchers lining up in formation to show where the tide line will be in 2100—if climate-driven sea level rise goes unchecked.

Also on Saturday, Monterey will host the World Ocean Day Sanctuary Paddle-Out.

Participants will attempt to form the shape of a ticking clock with hands a few minutes short of 12:00, signaling a call to action against climate change. Contact Monterey Bay Kayaks at 373-5357 by Friday to pre-book a kayak at a discounted rental rate of $15 per participant. You may also bring your favorite paddle board, kayak, surfboard, or other paddle craft. Paddle-out participants will meet at 9 a.m. at Monterey Bay Kayaks.

The paddle-out will be followed by an 11:30 a.m. beach clean up at Monterey Municipal Beach.

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