International Coastal Cleanup Day - September 19, 2015
VolunteerCleanup.Org is the new organizer for Miami Dade
For the past 14 years, Robert Allen Law has done a brilliant job coordinating International Coast Cleanup for Miami - building Miami's response to plastic debris in our oceans into a day of remarkable action with over 3,500 volunteers cleaning 40+ sites. VolunteerCleanup.Org has been a partner of International Coastal Cleanup as site coordinators since 2013, and was the logical choice for Mr. Allen who wanted to transition Miami's day of action to a group with a broader vision for the future. We are excited for the opportunity to lead Miami's component of this worldwide day of service and welcome you to join us. We thank Mr. Allen for his leadership, dedication and service to the cause, and we hope to make him proud.
2015 Miami Coastal Cleanup Event Info
The 2015 Miami-Dade Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015.
This regional effort is part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), which takes place every year on the third Saturday of September. The event is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy (www.oceanconservancy.org) and is supported locally by business and environmentally conscious organizations.
Worldwide, thousands of volunteers from over 100 countries will spend their morning collecting millions of pounds of litter and debris on inland roadsides, coastal areas, inland lakes and rivers. Volunteers will assist in this effort to clean and protect the environment by eliminating debris that injures wildlife, contaminates our beaches and waterways, and threatens boater safety in Miami-Dade County.
The ICC is much more than just removing trash. By using detailed, standardized data cards, volunteers gather valuable information about the types and sources of debris found. Analyzed and tracked year by year, this information serves as a powerful tool for educating the public, influencing public policy, and effecting positive behavioral change on the part of individuals, organizations, and communities.
The collection of this data by cleanup volunteers of all ages and the resulting report prepared by The Ocean Conservancy is used in the following ways:
- To raise awareness of the quantities and types of marine debris;
- To determine the various sources of marine debris;
- To evaluate the impact of marine debris on wildlife and habitat;
- To assist in the enforcement of regulations against illegal dumping;
- To influence industries that manufacture products that cause harm to the marine environment.
We hope you can join us in Miami - or in any other shoreline throughout the world.