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Visit the Beach This Saturday for Coastal Cleanup Day

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

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3:14AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you :)

8:03AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

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.

8:49AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

11:56AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:23AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Interesting article,
Thank You for sharing

4:36AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Thank you.

3:41AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

thanks

2:30AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Good post, thanks for sharing.

8:41PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Thanks

7:54PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

sorry, didn't make a beach, but I did pick up 2 bags of recyclables at a lake near my sister-in-laws here in MN.......still I wished I had had a dozen helpers because there is so much I couldn't get....

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