In 2011, over nine million pounds of trash was collected along the world's shorelines, according to the Ocean Conservancy. This Saturday is International Coastal Cleanup Day and if you don't live near a coastline, it might be hard to imagine how you can lend a hand. Water-lovers of the inlands, don't fret — we'll show you how to help.
Tip #2: Spread the word.
You may not live near a coastline, but we're betting you have some friends or family who do. Encourage them to become a steward of the ocean. Activities for International Coastal Cleanup Day are planned nationwide and the more volunteers the merrier. There are plenty of options available, all they have to do is sign up to clean up. What if they can't find a location close by? Well, if they can't find a spot, encourage them to head to the beach anyway for a solo mission. If the satisfaction of picking up those pesky cigarette butts, plastic products, and other random trash isn't enough, at least they get to spend a day at the beach. Who knows, maybe encouraging others into action will inspire you to go on an outing of your own and join them at that beach.
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