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August 27, 2019

Save the date: September 21st is International coastal cleanup day

type:NGO, Volunteering
tags:#Ocean Conservancy, #International Coastal Cleanup Day, #conservation, #plastic pollution
by:Yair Oded

On September 21, people across the globe will take part in Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup - a day dedicated to collecting trash from the world’s coastlines, documenting it, and raising awareness of this extremely important issue. 

International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when two ambitious women working for Ocean Conservancy, Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara, decided to team up with a group of volunteers, local businesses, and the Texas General Land Office and not only collect trash from the coast but also document each item and generate a database in order to keep track of and ultimately terminate contamination of the oceans.

Since then, the initiative grew exponentially, and over the past few decades has mobilized more than 12 million volunteers worldwide to collect over 220 million pounds of trash.

The initiative offers numerous ways in which people can contribute their time and join the fight to clean up the oceans. 

People may join an existing volunteer group or start their own cleanup network. You may also choose to go solo and document the trash you collect in a park or beach near you through their app Cleanswell

They also provide extensive online education programs and action tool kits for the new generation of environmentally conscious global citizens.

As September 21 quickly approaches, please visit the International Coastal Cleanup website to learn about ways in which you can contribute to their growing effort to protect our oceans.

Image credit: Tree Hugger

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Save the date: September 21st is International coastal cleanup day