Posted by: ecodestination | August 14, 2009

International Coastal Cleanup – Sept 19

As noted in Eco-Yucatán, the 24th annual International Coastal Cleanup will take place on September 19, 2009. (You can schedule a clean-up on an alternate date, too.)

Here’s a video with some gorgeous footage (um, for the first 19 seconds) that succinctly sums up what the Intl Coastal Cleanup is about:

Last year, nearly 400,000 volunteers collected more than 6.8 million pounds of trash in 104 countries and 42 US states during the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup — the world’s largest volunteer effort of its kind.

Surf on over here to find a clean-up site in your area and register for the one you want to attend. If no events are going on in your area and/or Sept 19 does not work for you, you can propose a clean-up here. Very flexible for optimal efficiency. Woo!

You can “sign up to clean up” debris such as plastic bottles (plastic everything, really), used condoms (yup – I had to clean these up once at a beach clean-up in Los Angeles), seaweed, and other junk from beaches and waterways here.

For clean oceans and to prevent the unnecessary, grisly death of marine life. photo by

For clean oceans and to prevent the unnecessary, grisly death of marine life. photo by

This event is extra sweet because it’s international and we absolutely need this kind of activism worldwide. You’d think federal or at least state governments would sponsor this sort of thing. But no. Governments just take us to war (hi, U.S.!), take away all funding for domestic violence shelters in the entire state of California (hi, Gov. Schwarzenegger!), and other awesome stuff. (By the way, you can oppose the governor’s grand move by following the link to Stop Family Violence’s action alert, also at the above link, if you’re in CA, or passing along the link to a CA resident.)

P.S. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that corporations are sponsoring this event? I guess they just want consumers to think they don’t suck 100% of the time.




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