Save the Date, Save Lives, and Help Clean our Coastal Waters

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For those who watch the media and/or spend time on social media, we see too often the videos of aquatic animals in danger. This is not due to the nature of their environment, but instead, human negligence. We see local beaches left a mess at the end of summer days and gutters filled with trash that will eventually flow into the ocean. It was estimated by National Geographic in 2015 that over 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year. Animalsaustralia.org estimates that over 100,000 animals die each year from eating or becoming entangles in plastic. That’s why on September 16th, 2017 over 66,000 volunteers will gather to not only beautify our beaches and waterways, but to help save the lives of thousands of animals during Coastal Cleanup Day.

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“A Scout is clean. A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.” Being clean is a part of the scout law and is something that should be practiced whether you are a scout or not. The 16th of September offers us a chance to live by the scout law, connect with our community, and help clean our waterways.  I have left you with a site below that will help you track down a clean-up location near you. Most counties have a website that contain more specific information about how to register and attend. If your area is not hosting one, do not be afraid to create your own. If you need help finding a site near you, do not hesitate to contact me. Save the date and spread the word!

COASTAL CLEANUP DAY: September 16th, 2017

https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/clean-up-locations/

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Eight Million Tons of Plastic Dumped in Ocean Every Year. (2017, August 03). Retrieved August 06, 2017, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150212-ocean-debris-plastic-garbage-patches-science/

How many animals die from plastic bags each year? Say ‘NO’ to plastic bags! (n.d.). Retrieved August 06, 2017, from http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/say_no_to_plastic_bags.php

 

 

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