International Coastal Clean-Up Day

By: Meagan O'Halloran Email
By: Meagan O'Halloran Email

It's no secret we have beautiful beaches, and hundreds of local volunteers are trying to keep it that way.

The Ocean Conservancy's 26th annual International Coastal Clean-up event was held across communities worldwide Saturday. The citizens helping clear our coastlines are just a handful of the millions of volunteers taking action to promote global change.

It's not something you see everyday, but one-by-one, volunteers are making a difference.

"It's a nice day to be out here to take it easy, pick up some trash" says local resident Scott Finn.

They're picking up things like cigarette butts and dirty diapers. Everything that is found is recorded as data for a global report studying the impact of harmful trash from the coastlines and how it effects humans, wildlife and even the economy. Over the past 25 years, nearly 9-million volunteers from over 152 countries have cleaned 145-million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day each year.


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