Go a step further and host a beach, river, lake, wetland, or underwater cleanup. Try contacting local outdoor, dive and water sport shops to help organize and spread the word. You can recruit volunteers through the media, community posters, or local youth groups. Follow the cleanup with a celebratory dinner featuring sustainable seafood!
Download the Aquatic Cleanup Guide:
Aquatic Cleanup Guide (976 KB)
To help keep plastic off shorelines and out of landfills, TerraCycle has created a sustainable solution for rigid plastic collected during coastal cleanups. Their Beach Plastic Cleanup Program is free and offers you or your local beach cleanup organization the opportunity to recycle rigid beach plastic for the first time. To learn more, please visit http://www.terracycle.com/beachcleanup or contact TerraCycle at beachplastics@terracycle.
Organize a day of sea kayak tours for the local community to learn about and enjoy the ocean’s beauty. Sponsor a local naturalist to lead a nature walk or a cruise along a nearby river, lake, or coastal area. The tour can include identifications and discussions of the aquatic wildlife and features seen and unseen along the way. Give participants lots of time for hands-on exploration and include information about our ocean connection and how we can protect our blue backyard.
Make a lasting connection for ocean health by encouraging cleanup volunteers to “adopt” a local beach, river, lake, wetland, or underwater area to keep clean long after World Oceans Day. Join forces with local environmental groups to help manage and provide resources to these volunteers.