Ocean Conservancy and VolunteerCleanup.org are looking forward to celebrating the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) with YOU - a global community of ocean advocates.
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. By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish!
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, is the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and raise awareness for plastic pollution in our oceans. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from over 100 countries will spend their morning on September 18, 2021 collecting millions of pounds of litter and debris on inland roadsides, coastal areas, inland lakes, and rivers.
VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade County’s local participation in this global event with 50+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups with 3,000 volunteers all around the county, with each site being led by fantastic partner organizations in our network of cleanup hosts. The Miami-Dade ICC is a collaborative effort made possible by the generous support of our tidal sponsor Covanta, with additional support from Banesco USA, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Miami-Dade County RER-DERM, Pubbelly Sushi, WPLG Local 10, Stream2Sea Reef-Safe Sunscreen, and with special thanks to the Benjamin & Gloria Joannou, Jr. Family Conservation Fund. To find a site outside of Miami, please visit the Ocean Conservancy Page.
Participating in the ICC is a great way to learn more about our plastic ocean crisis, while also demonstrating our collective commitment to reducing marine debris. But ICC isn’t just about picking up trash. During the cleanup, you will collect critical citizen science data using the Ocean Conservancy's Clean Swell app, which will be used to drive systematic and policy changes locally, federally and globally. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index filled with amazing infographics and charts that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world. This valuable information about the types and sources of debris found Analyzed and tracked year by year, 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.
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