The International Coastal Clean Up, how you can get involved

Coastal Clean Up Day is here and while activities may be different this year with social distancing and new regulations in place, you can still get involved and play your part.

As National Coordinators for Ocean Conservancy in Northern Ireland, Live Here Love Here (part of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful) is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) this September. The ICC will look a little different this year, but our ocean and waterways need us now more than ever, and we invite everyone to #CleanOn!

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), is the world’s largest volunteer effort to remove and record trash from local lakes, waterways, beaches and the ocean. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, not only in Northern Ireland but across the world, volunteers can still ‘Clean On’ through safe and socially distant individual or small group cleanups; or through at-home efforts to reduce plastic waste.

Members in Northern Ireland can register to their clean up here between 14th September – 1st October, Once registered you’ll receive your pack containing bin bags, a pair of gloves, and promotional material. 

When you organise a clean up, you can also contribute to the world’s largest database on marine debris by logging the litter you collect in Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app (available for free download from the App Store and Google Play). Scientists, researchers, industry leaders and policymakers rely on this information to inform policy and determine solutions to the growing marine debris crisis! How to use the Clean Swell App. You can also download the data cards below to use on your clean up. 

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful is an environmental charity dedicated to making Northern Ireland a cleaner and more pleasant place in which to live. Visit Live here, Love here for more information.

Written by IOLN admins

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network (IOLN) aims to bring together relevant institutes, agencies, researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), individuals and educators who are working towards the vision of “achieving an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland”.

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