SANTA MONICA (CBS) — A new program launched by the California Coastal Commission is encouraging people to help clean up beaches and communities.

Earth Day 2012: Clean Up Where You Live, Work & Play is a new initiative that will host cleanups around Southern California this weekend. Eben Schwartz of the California Coastal Commission and Actor/Activist Ian Somerhalder will launch the program at Compton High School Friday, and will work with students to complete a litter cleanup around the campus.

Following the launch in Compton, Somerhalder will join Whole Food employees in a cleanup outside Whole Foods Market in Santa Monica. The cleanup will start at the corner of 23rd and Wilshire at 2p.m.

For more information on the program go to Earth Day Cleanup.

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