Annual Coast Clean Up and Awareness Day occurs annually on April 23rd, marking the date of the Clean Up and Awareness Day of the Oregon Beaches on April 19, 2017.
Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet, Annual Coast Awareness Day was celebrated for the first time in April 23, 2017 and with over 300 volunteers taking part.
Each. Year. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community, have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of our coastal beach values and benefits.
Some of these benefits include: biologically diverse ecosystems that provide habitat for many species, serve as buffers on the coast against storms and flooding, and naturally filter water by breaking down or transforming harmful pollutants and a major attractions to locals and tourist alike.
With over 60% of all people living in coastal cities and with over 70% percent of the world being water its time to act now to make the improvements needed.
Richard Arterbury would like to see plastic bags on Coastal Cities charge .5 cents per plastic bag and all funds going into the clean up of plastic bags fund.
He also mention a few nonprofits are spending donations on Plastic bags to market their name with logos printed on plastic bags. I'm not sure how cleaning up the beach with plastic bags can be thought of as education and this should be stopped today. If you donate to a nonprofit that buys plastic bags to market please ask them to stop spending your donations on plastic bags!
To find out more about how you can clean up a beach or volunteer with Ocean Blue Project you can email the outreach team at Volunteer@OceanBlueproject.org