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A youngster holds debris picked up from a beach in Boca Raton, FL during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup. Photo credit: Ben Hicks.

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It’s almost time for the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)!

This annual event, put on by the Ocean Conservancy, brings people together from across the globe to clean up marine debris in their local communities. Last year’s cleanup resulted in more than 18 million pounds of trash collected by over 504,000 volunteers covering almost 15,000 miles. Since the first ICC 32 years ago, more than 12 million volunteers from more than 150 countries have removed over 228 million pounds of trash!

Volunteer staff will be participating at locations throughout the country. Which location will you be at? Find a cleanup near you and sign up today!

The 2017 International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 16th—we’ll see you there!

Scientists estimate that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic enters our ocean every year. If current trends continue, the amount of plastic entering the ocean is expected to double over the next 10 years. That means that if we don’t do something now, we could be facing 250 million metric tons in the ocean by 2025—or one pound of plastic for every three pounds of fin fish.

Since 1986, Ocean Conservancy has mobilized the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)—the world’s largest volunteer effort on behalf of ocean health—and used citizen science to build the largest global database on marine debris.

In 2016, volunteers made a big difference: enough fishing line was collected to drop a hook to the bottom of the Mariana Trench nine times over; enough balloons were collected to lift a walrus; enough cigarette lighters were collected to stack up ten times the height of the Eiffel Tower.

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