They always say that one person can make a difference. Its great motivation and I completely believe it to be true. Usually it’s a difference in someone’s life, but every now and then it’s something big.
Did you know that the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup started with one woman? It’s true. A Texas woman started the annual Coastal Cleanup back in 1986. She was horrified by the amount of trash she saw while walking along the beach of South Padre Island. She didn’t just go home, she did something about it. She organized her very own beach cleanup. As a result, two hours, 2,800 Texans and 124 tons of trash later was just the beginning of a year-round effort to keep our oceans free from trash, thus making it safer for people and animals.
The Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer event of its kind. In 2007, my husband, Branndon, and I joined 378,000 volunteers from 76 countries and 45 states to clear six million pounds of trash from oceans and waterways. I believe we collected over 150 pounds ourselves that included a big rig tire and a 45 pound pipe! It took forever to dig out that tire.
I saw a tire buried in the dirt. It was quite a surprise to realize it was a Big Rig tire!!!
Not to mention, volunteers found 237 ocean animals entangled in fishing line, plastic bags, six-pack holders and rope. These items should never reach the ocean; we have the ability to stop it at home. Are you doing your part?
You can help out this year by clicking here to register for this year’s Cleanup. If you’re in Newport Beach, California I look forward to seeing you out there.