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!