Summer is quickly fading into autumn, which means now is a good time to thank our local beaches for the great memories they've provided over the past few months.
The best way to do that is to give them a good cleaning.
On Saturday, September 20 the Ocean Conservancy is conducting its annual International Coastal Cleanup. It's a project that makes a real difference when it comes to preserving our environment.
The idea is simple. Register with the Ocean Conservancy, then head to the beach and start collecting the stuff that doesn't belong. You won't be the only one taking action.
Last year volunteers collected more than 12 million pounds of trash. They collected everything. Cigarette butts were the top item collected last season all 2,043,470 of them. The Top Five items also included food wrappers, plastic bottles, bottle caps and straws.
And then there was the weird stuff, including enough furnishings to fill an apartment, wedding attire and a 1904 typewriter.
The Ocean Conservancy logs all the information collected, using it to affect change. After learning that plastic straws were the fifth most common item collected on the beaches (550,000 of them), the Ocean Conservancy launched a campaign asking people to go strawless.
Entering this weekend's clean-up, more 25,000 people had pledged to do so.
Helping clean up the beach is something tangible you can do to help the environment. So is visiting the Care To Click Environment page and donating a free click or printing useful coupons. At CareToClick.com, your small actions prompt our donations to organizations helping to clean up our environment.