Here’s how you can take action on World Ocean Day

Clean Coasts and National Spring Clean are offering free clean-up kits to people willing to host a clean-up on World Ocean Day, on June 8. Agnese Santoro from Clean Coasts tells us more
Here’s how you can take action on World Ocean Day

Clean Coasts and National Spring Clean to offer free clean-up kits for World Ocean Day

IRISH environmental charity Clean Coasts has joined forces with National Spring Clean, and they are inviting communities in County Cork to come together and start planning their World Ocean Day beach clean.

World Ocean Day is celebrated annually on June 8th to highlight the important role the ocean has for our life and the planet. In 2022, the focus will once more be on the 30x30 campaign: to create a healthy ocean with abundant wildlife and to stabilize the climate, it’s critical that 30% of our planet’s lands, waters, and ocean are protected by 2030.

One of the issues affecting our ocean is marine litter that has become a global problem for both humans and marine life. 

However, communities in County Cork have demonstrated their desire to be part of the solution by taking part in several beach cleaning calls to action.

Once more, Clean Coasts is asking individuals, households and groups to join them and take action to protect the ocean. To support their efforts, today registrations opened for communities and individuals in Ireland who want to receive free beach cleaning kits containing bags, gloves and hi-viz vests.

In 2021, the initiative changed its name from “World Oceans Day” to “World Ocean Day”. By dropping the “s”, its organisers wanted to highlight the fact that we are all connected by a large ocean. This shared ocean supports all life on the planet, by producing most of the oxygen we breathe and regulating climate. No matter where we live, we all depend on the ocean to survive.

Statistics show that the number one cause of marine litter is litter dropped in towns and cities. 

Building on the success of the Spring Clean 22 campaign, which took place in the month of April and saw almost 16,000 volunteers organising over 480 clean-ups in county Cork, the National Spring Clean programme is joining Clean Coasts this year in supporting these communities around Ireland.

This means that each piece of marine litter removed from the coast in County Cork will have a positive impact on a global scale.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To register, visit: cleancoasts.org/our-initiatives/world-ocean-day/

You can also follow the campaign on social media at:

Facebook: @CleanCoasts and @NationalSpringClean

Twitter: @CleanCoasts and @NationalSpringC

Instagram: @cleancoasts and @nationalspringclean

YouTube: Clean Coasts Ireland and National Spring Clean

Linkedin: Clean Coasts

About Clean Coasts:

Clean Coasts is a charity programme, run through the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, which engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.

Clean Coasts works with communities to help protect and care for Ireland’s waterways, coastline, seas, ocean and marine life. 

Clean Coasts thrives to create tangible and immediate improvements to Ireland’s coastal environment, involving thousands of volunteers removing large quantities of marine litter from our coastline each year.

Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main national clean-up drives.

Other initiatives include the Green Coast Award, the Love Your Coast Photography competition, the Clean Coasts Roadshows for coastal communities and the Ocean Hero Awards. All these initiatives are aimed at celebrating the beauty of our coast and the efforts of our volunteers across all of Ireland.

Currently, there are over 1,800 registered Clean Coasts volunteering groups and over 37,000 volunteers nationwide. 

There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents’ associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc.

Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways. Our volunteering has expanded to also include Corporate Volunteering.

About National Spring Clean:

The National Spring Clean campaign in Ireland is the largest and longest-running anti-litter campaign.

It is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and sponsored by the Wrigley Company.

It is supported by Local Authorities who help coordinate clean-up activities for communities within their counties and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Local authorities also provide for the disposal of all rubbish and waste materials collected.

Over the past 23 years, through the National Spring Clean:

• Over 85,000 clean-ups have been organised

• 42,000 tonnes of litter have been removed

• 12 million hours of work have been put in by volunteers

See https://cleancoasts.org/

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