Head to the nearest beach on Saturday 16 September and help clean up the oceans of waste that gets washed ashore for this year’s International Coastal Cleanup.
Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. Trash in the water and on the shore can kill marine animals, injure swimmers and beachgoers, and ensnare boat propellers.
Ocean Conservancy has dedicated one day every year as International Coastal Cleanup®. For nearly three decades, volunteers have picked up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear, automobiles and kitchen appliances.
In partnership with volunteer organisations and individuals around the globe, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup engages people to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris and change the behaviors that cause marine debris in the rst place.
In 2015, more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the International Coastal Cleanup.
As part of International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers track all the trash they collect on Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell™ app.The citizen science data Ocean Conservancy has collected over the last 31 years has given the ocean advocates insight into other ways to tackle this enormous and growing problem that threatens our oceans.
Ocean Conservancy say: “A problem as big as plastic in the ocean requires a big response! By participating in the International Coastal Cleanup, you can make a difference. You’ll join millions of volunteers just like you, who love the ocean and want to protect it.”
To find a coastal cleanup near you, check the cleanup locations on Ocean Conservancy’s website.
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