Voices for Biodiversity – 2017 International Coastal Cleanup

On Saturday, September 16, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from across the world headed to their coastal beaches and marshes to remove trash and marine debris as part of the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup.

In the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup Report, organizers write that over 500,000 people participated last year alone. In the end, 13,840,398 items were removed and cataloged— and some of them are just plain weird. Guam participants found a kids’ slide, Hong Kong beachcombers came across a toy house and an American volunteer discovered a wizard’s hat! Cigarette butts are the most common item reported, with over 1.8 million individual cigarette remnants found.

Photo courtesy of the Ocean Conservancy.

Read the rest on Voices for Biodiversity!

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