What are you doing tomorrow? How about hitting the beach! (Or to the nearest river, lake, large body of water…)
Everyday thousands of beach-lounging guests enjoy the ocean, home to 20,000 known species–and so many more unknown.
So tomorrow, visit the beach — but don’t lounge under the sun, participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day!
Why do we need a day to clean up the beach? Are we that dirty of house-guests? In the past 25 years, 8.5 million volunteers have picked up a whopping 145 million pounds of trash!
Thousands of ocean animals–like dolphin, birds, seals, and turtles–lose their lives due to trash we leave around when we visit their home. Bottle caps, tooth brushes and other foreign objects can get caught in their throat or digestive system, and cause fatal problems. Fishing lines and nets get left in the ocean and cause many entanglements.
Help show some love for our marine mammal friends and clean up our dirty habits. If you don’t live near a coast, there is plenty of trash to pick up in and around rivers and streams — waters that eventually lead to the ocean.
For more information and to find a clean-up site near you, click here.
And always remember the words of Woodsy Owl, whenever you are outside: “Give a hoot. Don’t pollute!” Your animal friends will thank you!