Visit the Beach This Saturday for Coastal Cleanup Day

What are you doing this Saturday? How about hitting the beach! (Or the nearest river, lake, large body of water…)

Every day thousands of beach-lounging guests enjoy the ocean, home to 20,000 known species–and so many more unknown. This Saturday, September 15, visit the beach, and rather than lounging under the sun, help clean-up from all the visitors, in honor of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Why do we need a day to clean up the beach? Are we that dirty as house-guests? In short, yes. 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, toothbrushes 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. And these waters eventually all 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!

Related:
5 Human Habits Harmful to Ocean Health
10 Surprising Ways to Restore Our Oceans
An Eco-Friendly Day at the Beach

73 comments

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips2 years ago

Did a bit at a creekside in town... lol.

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Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

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Angie B.
Angela B4 years ago

That's why I love it here...any day will bring sights of people picking up litter along roadsides or on the beaches. We live in cottage country so summer brings many people to the area who don't have the same love of uncluttered scenery as we do. The end of summer means cleanup time.

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Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Tom Tree
Tom T4 years ago

Interesting article,
Thank You for sharing

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Joy Wong
Joy Wong4 years ago

Thank you.

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Abbe A.
Azaima A4 years ago

thanks

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Good post, thanks for sharing.

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Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Thanks

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