Ocean Conservancy: Commit To Take On Trash has inspired us to take this pledge and we hope you will, also. Mermaids Make A Difference. Working together we all can make a difference, too!
“It might be hard to imagine, but the trash on our streets and in our neighborhoods inevitably ends up in our waterways, beginning a long, slow march to the ocean. The plastic wrapper you see on the sidewalk could very well end up on the beach or in our ocean. And all of this debris is having a real impact on our ecosystem.
This is a problem we can only solve together — each of us doing our part to reduce our own trash impact and to clean up what’s out there now. Will you join the hundreds of thousands in our movement who have committed to help us take on the trash?
Some of this trash can take hundreds of years to decompose, and these items — plastic bottles, food wrappers, cigarettes butts — are having a real impact on our ocean, the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. And the places we love — iconic beaches, favorite fishing spots and inspiring marine habitats — are slowly degrading because of this deluge of debris.
Together, we can help turn this around. Last year, as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, nearly 600,000 people picked up more than 9 million pounds of trash. In the past 26 years, our efforts have removed over 150 million pounds of trash.
We want this year to be the biggest year yet. We’re asking all of our supporters — along with their friends, neighbors and family — to make a pledge to take on the trash. It’s simple — do what you can to reduce your trash impact, pick up litter on the street, clean up an open space near you or even join the 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup in your area this September.
We can all do our part to create clean beaches for everyone to enjoy, cleaner water for fish and marine wildlife, and a healthier ocean for those whose lives depend on it. But it’s going to take all of us coming together to make it happen.”
Thanks for taking on the trash and being a part of this movement,
|Nicholas Mallos Ocean Trash Specialist Ocean Conservancy|
P.S. You can find a Cleanup location near you and sign up to clean up by visiting signuptocleanup.org.