As an avid boater, I am always concerned about the state of our oceans, bays, and inland waterways so I was very pleased to read that my hometown of Coral Gables, Florida is participating in the Ocean Conservancy’s 36th annual International Coastal Cleanup. The Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 18 and will bring volunteers together to remove litter from the shorelines throughout not just the Gables, but Miami-Dade County as a whole, and other coastal communities throughout the country and world.
VolunteerCleanup.org organizes the International Coastal Cleanup in Miami-Dade County and will provide gloves and garbage bags, data collection cards, and a souvenir tote bag to those who register on their website, www.volunteercleanup.org. If you want to get involved more regularly, then you can also check out the more-frequent cleanups that they put together, including weekly and monthly options, one with a pub crawl, another that includes yoga, and many more in our county alone. These all sound like fun and impactful ways to get involved in our community.
Even if you are not involved in an official cleanup event, do your part by picking up litter that you might find in the water, in a park, or anywhere. We can all do a little something to help!