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Let’s Celebrate Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day and what better time to think about the impact we each have on our planet?

We’ve been talking about garbage patches this week and what we can do to fight them. The ongoing influx of marine debris into these garbage patches is what we need to address. To do this, we can each think about how we personally contribute to environmental problems like marine debris, take steps to prevent it, and get involved in cleaning up the debris that litters our communities and shores.

Volunteers sort through the sand to find debris. (Photo Credit: SOLVE)

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in a cleanup event! (Photo Credit: SOLVE)

This Earth Day, celebrate our planet by getting involved in a cleanup near you! There are countless opportunities around the country both today and this weekend to get involved in cleaning our shores and fighting marine debris. Here’s a small sampling of events you can get involved in this Earth Day:

Friday, April 22nd:

Host: Wells Reserve; Where: Laudholm, ME

Saturday, April 23rd:

Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Where: Memorial Drive Wayside Beach – North, Two Rivers, WI

Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Where: Point Gratiot Beach, Dunkirk, NY

Host: Anacostia Watershed Society; Where: Anacostia Watershed, MD & Washington DC

Host: CoastSavers; Where: Various locations, WA

Host: Concerned Citizens of Montauk; Where: Montauk, NY

Host: Grassroots Garbage Gang; Where: Long Beach Peninsula, WA

Host: Malama Na `Apapa (email for more info); Where: Koloa Landing, HI

Host: Partnership for Providence Parks; Where: Providence, RI

Host: Seacoast Science Center; Where: Rye, NH

Host: SOLVE; Where: Tillamook Bay, Bay City, OR

Host: Texas Adopt-a-Beach ; Where: Various locations, TX

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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