Every year on the third Saturday of September, the Ocean Conservancy sponsors the International Coastal Clean-up, a global event where thousands of people in over 100 countries help to clean up coastal areas as well as inland roadsides, lakes, and rivers.
The International Coastal Cleanup is about more than just picking up trash. Every piece of trash collected is recorded by the participants; this data is compiled by the Ocean Conservancy and used to educate the public and influence public policy.
With ever growing human populations in coastal areas, it is important to be aware of the effects of our trash on marine ecosystems and to help keep these areas clean.
If you want to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup in the Miami-Dade area, visit http://www.miamidadecoastalcleanup.org and register as a volunteer at one of the sites! You can register as a group if you want to go with friends or an organization.
The cleanup will take place from 9 am-12 pm this Saturday (Sept. 15), although checking in at 8:30 am is recommended. Also, don’t forget to sign a volunteer release form and bring water and sunscreen!