The 2012 Coastal CleanUp Wrap Up

This weekend, One World One Ocean celebrated International Coastal CleanUp Day with the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club, Zero Trash and the Montage of Laguna Beach. Our group was welcomed by the leaders of local green organizations, and together we combed the beach for trash, filling our bags with a wide array of single use plastics and cigarette butts that otherwise would have been washed into the sea.

 

Photo by Kimmy Helling

We asked our Facebook community to share photos of their CleanUp events and were blown away by the response. People from California all the way to Greece had taken it upon themselves to clean the coastline of trash.

Photo by Albena Haralampieva, "Cleaning the port of Antiparos island, Greece, with Blue Island Divers." via Facebook

In a press release, the California Coastal Commission said that there were CleanUp events at over 850 sites along California’s coastline and waterways, making it the state’s largest volunteer event. 

 “With 70% of the cleanup sites reporting, 
the statewide count stands at 57,442 volunteers.
Those volunteers picked up 534,115 pounds of trash
and an additional 105,816 pounds of recyclable materials,
for a total of 639,930 pounds or 320 tons.”


Typically, participants pick up trash from land-based sources, but this year there was an increase in materials and debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

OWOO is proud to have participated in this year’s International Coastal CleanUp, and we’re proud of our friends all over the world who came together as a community to work towards a universal goal of a happier, healthier ocean.

Ocean illustrations by the Boys and Girls Club. Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

A cleaner beach. Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

Photo by Kimmy Helling

 

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