With two days remaining, the supplies are picked up, the volunteer list is full and we are ready for The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-Up 2012!
We would like to thank Keep Palm Beach Beautiful, the group responsible for organizing the global event in Palm Beach County, for making this important clean-up event possible.
From the Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful website:
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. Every September, volunteers from over 100 countries descend on local beaches, rivers, lakes and canals to show their commitment to cleaner waterways. The Ocean Conservancy, the world’s largest organization focusing exclusively on the health of the marine environment, has sponsored this annual event for the past 27 years.
In our state, the ICC is much more than just removing trash. By using detailed, standardized data cards, volunteers gather valuable information about the types and sources of debris found. Analyzed and tracked year by year, this information serves as a powerful tool for educating the public, influencing public policy, and effecting positive behavioral change on the part of individuals, organizations, and communities.
The collection of this data by cleanup volunteers of all ages and the resulting report prepared by The Ocean Conservancy is used in the following ways:
- To raise awareness of the quantities and types of marine debris;
- To determine the various sources of marine debris;
- To evaluate the impact of marine debris on wildlife and habitat;
- To assist in the enforcement of regulations against illegal dumping;
- To influence industries that manufacture products that cause harm to the marine environment.
Kayak Lake Worth is happy to be part of this worldwide effort. We will be working in the Snook Islands and the surrounding area. We would also like to send out a HUGE thank-you to the South Shores Tavern who will be proving lunch for the volunteers – WE LOVE YOU SOUTH SHORES!!!
Even though we cannot accept anymore volunteers for this event, contact us to be placed on the contact list for our next clean-up.