Monday, September 15, 2014

An International Effort to Clean Beaches

Around the world, on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, thousands upon thousands of volunteers will take to cleaning their beaches and waterways of ocean-bound trash.   International Coastal Cleanup Day, is promoted by the Ocean Conservancy.

According to the non-profit's website, "The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life—it produces half of the oxygen in the air we breathe, and it is an essential part of the water cycle, helping to provide the water we drink.

"The world’s beaches, the frontier of this essential resource, support ocean health. They provide habitat and nesting grounds for important ocean wildlife like sea turtles and sea birds, and they attract vacationers from around the world, helping to sustain complex coastal economies.
"Whether we live on a beach or hundreds of miles from the coastline, we all have a profound stake in an ocean that is healthy and abundant."

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