Once again this morning we took to the beach, with the mission of picking up trash. Each year we participate in the International Coastal Cleanup. It's a great way to get the kids involved in volunteering, helping to protect and clean the planet, and giving back to their community, among other benefits. Last year, throughout the world, volunteers picked up over 1 million bags, totalling 145 million pounds, of garbage off of waterways (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc.).
We picked up lots of cigarette butts once again this year. It is sad that so many people use our beautiful beaches as ash trays. Yet it is not surprising, because after all, smokers don't even care about their own lungs, why would they care about the planet?! It takes years for them to break down and they contain thousands of chemicals.
If you missed the cleanup this year, watch for more to come. This one is held yearly, but there are other organized ones throughout the year. Or you can just do one on your own!
Here are some pictures of us at the cleanup this morning: