5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Beach Clean Up
1. Trash has a huge impact on our marine ecosystem
At this point, you’re probably thinking that you have heard this before. But let me impress on you the scope of the problem. According to the NOAA, billions of pounds of trash go into the ocean every year. This causes problems ranging from killing animals like turtles and birds, to ruining the aesthetic appeal of the ocean and therefore the value of tourism, to being present in our diets through seafood we consume.
Now you’re probably thinking that anything we do, won’t make a difference, but the NOAA has addressed this as well. Apparently, much of this pollution is in the form of microplastics, small pieces of plastic that are 5 millimeters or less. Picking up even a few plastic bottles during a beach clean up will keep millions of pieces of microplastic out of the ocean, so even a little bit of effort on your part results in a much larger overall effect.