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Beach Clean Up & How You Can Help.

September is Coastal Clean Up month so I am excited to write this post today!

Trash and marine debris are not just unsightly, they are a big pollution problem that affect our oceans. Thousands of marine animals ingest and die each year or get entangled in plastic bags, bottles, syringes, broken glass and other hazardous items. Can we make this issue go away?

Completely go away? May be not but we can volunteer to clean our beaches and educate people on ocean pollution. I think coastal clean-ups are a great family activity. There are several nonprofits that organize group clean-ups. Some require a 3-6 month commitment, some are one-off.

The Surfrider Foundation is a one such activist organization that focuses on plastic reduction, ocean protection and coastal preservation. We attended one of their events in our town where they partnered with the local middle school's student-run Plastic Reduction Organization. It turned out to be a fun activity, which doing good.

Are you looking for such an activity? Several organizations will be setting up events on September 18 between 9 AM - 12 PM PST so plan ASAP. Here are some resources:

Ocean Conservancy's program is called Connect + Collect . Check out their interactive map which has all the details you need to join their Heal The Bay events. There are several opportunities in the USA: New York, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Opportunities are also posted in specific cities in Columbia, Nicaragua, UK, Slovenia, Italy, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.

If you are in California, this is a good starting place: California Coastal Commission . Click on the map in the link to see the list. The Pacific Beach Coalition also has several locations and opportunities to volunteer.

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) can help you organize your own beach clean up. So does Sea Shepherd.

Folks in Australia, volunteer with Take 3 for the Sea. They have a ton of great programs. Folks in Bahamas, this a great program!

I will be adding to this list periodically. Suggestions are welcome.


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