By: Asma Mahdi
The ocean makes up more than 70 percent of planet Earth. It provides more than half the world’s oxygen. And, it feeds our ever growing population. Our ocean planet gives so much to help us survive every day, and it’s time for us to return the favor. This week, volunteer to give back to the ocean and help stop one of the largest problems it faces today – marine debris.
It starts with us! National Volunteer Week kicked off yesterday, and throughout the week, thousands of volunteers will participate in acts of service across our nation. As ocean stewards, we have a responsibility to maintain a healthy ocean so it stays resilient to human impacts. So let’s do our part and help keep our ocean and Great Lakes free of debris by organizing a cleanup with your friends, families, and local community.
It’s as easy as this:
- Gather a team of people.
- Find a local neighborhood, park, stream, river, lake or beach that you’d like to clean.
- Grab a bucket and gloves to help collect trash – let’s make this cleanup zero-waste!
- Track your trash! Use the Marine Debris Tracker app to catalog what you’ve cleaned up.
- Dispose of the garbage in a public dumpster or in your trash can. Don’t forget to recycle the recyclables.
Now that you have tools, don’t stop there. The easy part about cleanups is that you can do this year-round. Start today for cleaner tomorrow and pass the message along: volunteer to keep our ocean debris-free!