Volunteers gearing up for International Coastal Cleanup Day
The 33rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day is fast approaching and volunteers in The Bahamas are suiting up to clean up South Beach during a two-hour event taking place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10a.m.
Thanks to volunteers around the world, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) has become a beacon of hope, leading and inspiring action in support of our ocean. Many walk, others set out on boats and thousands more don scuba gear to seek trash below the water’s surface. Last year, nearly 800,000 people from more than 100 countries, picked up more than 20.5 million pounds of trash along 25,188 miles of coastline. More than eight million tons of plastic waste flow into the ocean every year. That’s the equivalent of one dump truck full of plastic every minute, every hour, every day going into the ocean. Marine debris and ocean plastic don’t just impact beaches and coastlines, it also harms more than 800 species of marine life.
“There is no question that more and more people are becoming aware of the destruction that debris, particularly plastic, causes to our marine environment,” said Te-Shalla Clarke, Education Supervisor for Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island and Coordinator of ICC in New Providence.
“It is vitally important that together we educate our community about preserving and protecting our coastline and oceans and that we are all engaged in being a part of the solution. This year, we return to South Beach from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and encourage members of the public to join us. Please wear closed-in shoes, bring a water bottle, sunscreen and gardening gloves.”
“The International Coastal Cleanup engages people to remove trash and debris from the world’s beaches and waterways, to identify the sources of debris, and to change the behaviors that cause pollution,” added Annette Dempsey, director of education and staff development at Dolphin Encounters.
“The event isn’t just about pollution clean-up, it’s about pollution prevention. We thank our sponsors for their support and participation. Together we can preserve our coasts.”
Coca-Cola, is the global sponsor for ICC and Caribbean Bottling Company, the producers of Coca-Cola in The Bahamas, will be providing refreshments during the cleanup.
To learn more about International Coastal Cleanup visit www.oceanconservancy.org. For information on the many outreach programs offered by Dolphin Encounters-Project B.E.A.C.H. please call Annette Dempsey at 363-7180 ext. 303 for more or visit www.dolphinencounters.com.