International Coastal Cleanup day is September 21st, 2019
Volunteer in a Coastal Beach Clean Up and feel GOOD!
Are the 14 BILLION tons of plastic being deposited in the ocean every year weighing heavily on your shoulders? It’s time to get involved and do something about it! We know sometimes it seems overwhelming, and as an individual you can feel helpless. Does the effort of one person cleaning up trash really stop BILLIONS of people from still littering? Maybe not. But we can at least start being aware of the problem, and doing something about it. Spread awareness, and maybe others will see your effort and do the same. Setting a good example will lead to a chain reaction of like-minded people paying it forward.
“But where do I even start?”
Volunteering in a Coastal Clean Up is a great way to start being involved. When you actually reach down and pick up that first piece of trash, you become an activist. You are holding yourself accountable to never contributing to this problem again. And you can be incredibly proud of yourself for being part of the solution.
[Don’t be afraid of the term activist.] It doesn’t mean you are now some liberal radical that needs to go and protest and raise hell (however, if you want to by all means..). It just means that you are actively taking a role in something you believe in. There are plenty of people that donate to charities anonymously under the radar. You can help in the same way, and sleep well at night knowing you are making a difference.
The sense of community is impactful and peaceful. You will be surrounded by a group of people coming together with the same goal in mind. But it’s a little different from some other groups you might be familiar with. If you ever played sports, you were a part of a team who’s main goal was to WIN. If you have ever worked in a sales environment, the staff’s main goal was to MAKE THE MOST MONEY. This is different. You are doing a selfless act for the sake of the environment and future generations. Which, in the end….IS winning!
And I don’t care who you are, you have appreciated nature at some point in your life. Even if you consider yourself the biggest city-slicker fancy-pants, we bet you still enjoy that cup of coffee in the morning. More than half of coffee species are endangered of going extinct due to climate change.
Not a coffee drinker? Think about how much water you use during the day…drinking, brushing teeth, showering, flushing the toilet, washing your hands, repeat. Water Scarcity is effecting every continent and was listed in 2019 as one of the largest global risks in terms of potential impact over the next decade. Human consumption has single-handedly caused climate change. Climate change is causing altered weather patterns such as flooding and droughts, deforestation, green house gasses, increased pollution, and wasteful usage of water, which is causing an insufficient supply of fresh water. If current trends continue, freshwater demand will surpass supply by 40% by the year 2030.
OK, so now you are terrified and are totally ready to get involved, right?!
Ocean Conservancy is a great organization and place to get started. You can join in an existing clean up or even organize your own! They are a non-profit 501c3 and have been advocating for clean oceans for over 30 years.
And you can organize or get involved in cleanups everywhere. This is not just a coastal problem. You can organize a highway cleanup, parks, rivers, lakes…anywhere there’s trash!
Coastal Cleanups by state:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Washington State
International Coastal Cleanup Day (Sept 21st) is a great opportunity to ‘dive in’ to this amazing community of people helping people. But if you can’t make it, don’t worry. EVERY DAY is a great day to pick up pollution! Believe that you can make a difference for the future of this planet, because we sure as hell believe in you.
The Team at The-Last-Straw.org hopes you enjoyed this information and found some hope for humanity. Please join the discussion below and let us know what you are doing to make a difference. We encourage you to keep making the effort to recycle not only plastics, but everything that you can. Every effort counts. You count. The Future counts.