Welcome to our first newsletter, the Summer Edition, jam-packed with exciting updates to share, including kicking off registration for International Coastal Cleanup Day, a recap of our spring events, and amazing headlines and news on the fight against marine debris and single-use plastics. The movement is gaining momentum around the world! Read on....
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Join the world’s largest one-day volunteer effort for our oceans by participating in Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup, on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 with 45+ cleanups in Miami Dade and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with volunteers from around the globe!
Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enter our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies.
Join the world’s largest one-day volunteer effort for our oceans by participating in Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup, on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with volunteers from around the globe!
VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade’s local participation in this global event with 45+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups around the county and is made possible by the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Covanta, with additional support from the City of Miami Beach - MB Rising Above, Capital One Cafe, Revolution 93.5 FM, and Miami Beach Suncare.
Find an ICC cleanup near you, join the movement and help spread the word!
Event Details: http://www.volunteercleanup.org/miami_coastal_cleanup_day
List of Miami-Dade ICC Cleanup Locations and Registration Links: http://www.volunteercleanup.org/iccmiami2018
Corporate Day of Service Shoreline Cleanups
We had a busy spring season hosting over 10 private Corporate Day of Service shoreline cleanups, team building, and marine debris educational events.
In April, we helped the swimwear retailer Everything But Water launch their Water is Everything campaign with a beach cleanup at the 1Hotel, we celebrated Earth Day with 75 employees from NBC Universal at Virginia Key Outdoor Center for their annual Comcast Cares Day, GoTrg employees got together at Haulover Beach, Kimley Horn cleaned up Brickell/Miami River during their annual summit in Miami, and The Museum of Ice Cream volunteered at Pine Tree Park as part of their commitment to resolving their plastic sprinkle issue!
In May, June, and July, we also hosted Miami’s local Twitter office as part of their global Twitter Friday For Good day, and welcomed back BBC Studios for their annual picnic and cleanup at Bill Baggs State Park. TripAdvisor and Enea Garden Design both kayaked from Morningside Park for island cleanups, we celebrated World Ocean Day and Take Your Kid to Work Day a with Estee Lauder/La Mer during a cleanup at Margaret Pace Park and Inktel brought employees and family members to clean up North Shore Open Space Park in Miami Beach.
Our comprehensive program is educational, eye-opening, impactful, and fun!
We are currently booking events for October 2018 and beyond. Learn more about how your company or group can participate.
Changemaker of the Month Jamey Kolka!
Big shout-out to Jamey Kolka for organizing his 7-11 #givemybirthtoearth birthday party as a fundraiser benefiting VolunteerCleanup.org. He walks the walk too, not only raising over $5,000 for our organization, but also raising awareness for our cause, and promoting a culture of consciousness: As part of the all-day all-night festivities we led both a kayak island cleanup with South Beach Kayak and a land-based shoreline cleanup with his guests in the morning, followed by a bring-your-own cocktail cup, water-cooler refilling zero-waste bday bash. We were thrilled to be a part of it all and loved meeting a great community of people who are helping to bring about change and getting involved in our grassroots movement. Thanks Jamey!!! Way to lead by example.
Our Recent Wins and News in the Fight against Marine Debris and Single-Use Plastics
Miami Beach Single-use plastics ban!
Looks like our August 2017 causeway cleanup with then-candidate, now Mayor Gelber made a big impact. Miami Beach has JUST passed a ban on single-use plastic bags and plastic straws/stirrers on city property. Thank you to Mayor Dan Gelber for initiating this and to Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora for co-sponsoring these items. Miami Beach is committed to working toward being a plastic-free city: Read the Miami Herald Article
Museum of Ice Cream to introduce marine degradable sprinkles!
Our experience with The Museum of Ice Cream in Miami Beach is another great example of activism at work. As a result of our viral video, the local coverage and even the national media attention it created, proactive outreach, positive collaborative meetings, plus pressure from west coast counterparts, we are thrilled to announce that change is happening! The Museum has finally found a solution to replace the plastic sprinkles in their sprinkle pools with MARINE degradable sprinkles. They are good people who needed some education and a bit of nudging to finally find the right solution. Success arises when you don’t just walk past a problem. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/07/31/museum-ice-cream-sounds-dreamy-but-its-got-big-eco-problem/768766002/
And as you've probably heard, there has been a wave of announcements by companies working to reduce and phase out single-use plastics. Not only has Starbucks made big headlines about eliminating plastics straws with their redesigned lids, but some other major players in hospitality are following suit.
Marriott: We were thrilled to hear that our partners at Marriott, who we have led on cleanups with local teams as well as corporate leaders, is taking action across the company to reduce plastic waste
Carnival Cruiselines: One of our ICC Site Hosts have also taken a significant pledge
Disney to Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers, and Styrofoam Cups in All Parks, Hotels, and Cruise Line!
Adidas joins the fight against plastic
ONE OF THE BIGGEST FOOD COMPANIES IN THE WORLD IS CUTTING 100 MILLION PLASTIC STRAWS BY 2020
All of this activity shows that the movement is gaining momentum and the tides are changing toward plastic-free seas! Everyone has a role to play: Consumers who practice personal responsibility and reduce their reliance on single-use plastics, governments and elected officials to implement sensible policies and infrastructure improvements and the private sector to step up and do that's what right and what is needed!
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