Not that we shouldn’t be picking up butts and bags and balloons all year long from the waters we like to boat and swim in, but September 19th is the date this year for the International Coastal Cleanup, run by the Ocean Conservancy, so there’s an even better excuse to get out there with a garbage bag, maybe a pair of gloves, and your weapon of choice – a fish net for the water’s edge, a stick with a nail to stab up stuff from the beach, and make some headway on the shoreline.
This is a big, international effort that gets a ton done. OK, more than a ton. Last year, 560,000 volunteers picked up 16 million pounds of trash on and near the shorelines of the world. That’s more like 8,000 tons of stuff that was polluting the water, wrecking habitats, and killing fish, birds, turtles, seals, and all sorts of other critters that we like to have around.
You can sign up to be part of an organized team, or you can go it alone. If you do that, you might want to download the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app from iTunes. It will let you keep track of what you pick up and report your results to the organization so they can tally up everyone’s progress. (This app works throughout the year, of course.)
See you out there!