This is to remind everyone to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s 23rd annual International Coastal Cleanup scheduled to start on Saturday, September 20 around the world. Since 1986, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) has gathered six million volunteers to remove more than 100 million pounds of marine litter from 170,000 miles of beaches and inland waterways.
Last year, International Coastal Cleanup was carried out worldwide meticulously on September 15, 2007. The Cleanup saw an increase in international representation in 2007, with 76 countries holding a cleanup event compared to the 66 who participated in 2006. Volunteers not only clear trash and debris from beaches, lakes and rivers but record everything they find. Ocean Conservancy uses this data to highlight the problem of trash in our ocean, identify sources of the debris and recommend solutions to reduce threats to humans and wildlife.
The Coca-Cola Foundation has pledged $1 million to Ocean Conservancy to help eradicate ocean litter. Also, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have decided to participate in the cleanup.
Here is a video clip on International Coastal Cleanup 2008.
For more information on International Coastal Cleanup, log on to Ocean Conservancy.
Update: September 19
Coastal Cleanup activities in India.
Pune: The Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF) will run a clean-up drive on the banks of the Mula and Mutha river on September 20 with the help of over a thousand volunteers from schools and colleges in the city. Read more from The Times of India.
Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard, in association with the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Loyola College and the Tree Foundation, will organise a coastal clean-up day on September 20. Read more from The Hindu.
Goa: Coast Guard personnel with their families, school children, personnel from central state government organizatons, five star hotels, NGO`s and volunteers will be participating in the Coastal Cleanup being conducted at all major beaches of Goa from September 20. Read more from DaijiWorld.
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