We tell our kids to clean up after they make a mess – whether it’s at our home, a friend’s house, the library or our favorite beach. Best way to teach this lesson is by example. Join thousands of Rhode Island residents at area beaches on September 17th from 9 a.m.-noon. Bring work gloves and trash bags, and help pick up garbage from the Ocean State’s shores during the annual International Coastal Cleanup.
Organized internationally by the Ocean Conservancy and locally by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, volunteers not only clean up the trash that litters the state’s shores, but they also document what they find, tallying each piece of trash picked up. This data is published in an annual report that draws attention to marine debris and provides background for policy decisions that address the problem at its source.
Some kids may find documenting the findings fascinating while other kids may prefer to hold the bag. Every little bit helps.
“The International Coastal Cleanup provides a chance to give back to the ocean, to take care of this wonderful resource that provides so much fun, food, recreation and livelihood for Rhode Islanders.” says Lawrence Taft, Audubon’s executive director.
Details and beach locations, listed here in the Kidoinfo calendar.