Mark it on your calendar! This Saturday is Ocean Conservancy's 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup. Here are the facts: In 2009, volunteers picked up 1.1 million plastic bags AND enough single-use cups, plates, forks, spoons, etc. to have a picnic for 100,000 people. Sad to say, but that's a lot of floating trash. Good news though is that if you live on or near a coast, you can easily get involved.
What it is: Every September more than half-a-million people in 100 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterways all over the world—and collect data on what they find.
What happens with the data: Volunteers record every item they find on cards. Ocean Conservancy analyzes the data each year and publishes the world’s only item-by-item, location-by-location snapshot of marine debris in an annual report.
Who does it: Everyday people, lawmakers, celebs–basically anyone who cares about keeping our seas healthy.
How you can get involved: Find a cleanup near you and sign up to participate by clicking on this map.
So here's the plan: grab your friends, kids, husband, mailman, sister's best friend's neighbor or whoever and do some good this Saturday. Be sure to tell us about it in a comment below; we'd love to hear.
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