Monday, September 20, 2010

Coastal Cleanup Day

Traditionally held on the third Saturday of September, International Coastal Cleanup Day included Filipino youth at Manila Bay as well as schoolchildren near Tampa, Fla. Many more groups plan to collect litter and debris from waterways and shores on Sat., Sept. 25.

Ocean Conservancy spearheads the annual event, with this being the 25th year. You can find an event near you by searching via this map.

In California, the event has earned honors from the Guinness Book of World Records as "the largest garbage collection" (1993). Last year, fourth-graders in New York City gathered debris, catalogued it and shared their thoughts; as Oliver said, "Birds are lovely, and die from us. When they see a lot of trash, they don't think once, they just eat. Then are poisoned."

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