Plastic bags are one of the most ubiquitous items found in beach cleanups and are notorious for entangling wildlife and being mistaken for food by marine animals.
Your gift will help us reach our $1MM goal and make a difference for our marine ecosystem.
Expand the program to develop new partnerships with local cities, beaches, volunteers, and organizations
Increase the number of volunteers to over 150 and collect ~5000 pieces of trash per event
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP
Annually, the FCOLC celebrates the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Participants around the world meet to ensure their beaches are clean. This family-friendly, educational event is designed to inspire both children and adults in our communities to take an active part as ambassadors for our environment.
The FCOLC works hand in hand with multiple conservationist organizations such as: American Littoral Society, Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation, Skudin Surf, All Our Energy, Stewards of the Sea, and Operation Splash, among others. All of these coastal conscious organizations contribute and encourage environmentally friendly participants to learn and take part in preserving our marine environments.
Fabien and the team from the FCOLC have co-hosted International Coastal Clean-Up Days in Long Beach, NY, where the Long Beach Middle School students were tasked with the creation of a special Ocean Art Project made from the debris found along the beach. One of their projects shown here, highlights the need for global awareness to care for our coastal regions.
During the event, Fabien talked to volunteers and students about the importance of protecting our oceans and underlined that the time is now for all of us to take an active role for ensuring the future of our planet’s oceans. Preserving and protecting our coastal ecosystems is crucial for the health of our shared communities. Debris left on our beaches threatens the health of marine life and water quality. Removing marine debris, while learning about the impact it can have on the environment, empowers community members to be part of the growing number of ocean ambassadors around the world.