You’re Invited: International Coastal Clean Up Day at North Avenue Beach

A few years ago, my husband, son and I were vacationing in Maine when we climbed down a small hill at the ocean’s edge to get a better view. Everything was perfect. The jagged coastline. The lobster boats motoring in with their morning’s catch. The calm waters. Then we noticed a Sanyo computer monitor pinned under the rocks, gently swaying back and forth in the waves.

It was a frustrating reminder that our natural world is under constant threat from our built one. We retrieved the monitor (and put it in a trash can) on the same day that an international alliance of organizations was sponsoring a worldwide beach clean-up.

That’s probably why I’ve volunteered to co-captain the International Coastal Clean Up/Adopt-a-Beach at North Avenue Beach this Saturday, September 17 from 9 to noon. It’s organized by the Alliance for the Great Lakes in cooperation with The Ocean Conservancy. I haven’t seen a computer terminal (yet) at North Ave., but I’ve watched plenty of potato chip bags float by. Please join us in helping to protect this magnificent beach.

We’ll use the morning to enjoy the sunshine (or rain), meet new people, admire the lake, and pick up garbage. Your efforts will be part of an international operation. You’ll join thousands of others in more than 90 nations around the world as they pitch in to clean up their favorite stretch of coastline on the same day.

All garbage will be weighed and documented to help lobby for clean water legislation and raise awareness among the manufacturers of the debris.

Just show up anytime between 9 and noon and we’ll put you to work. You don’t need to bring a thing. The registration desk will be located just north of the building that looks like a boat. See you there!

P.S. If you’d prefer to participate at a beach closer to where you live, please visit the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ website.

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