Everyday, more than a thousand Filipinos and foreigners flock to the sea for pleasure, work and food. The Philippines is one of the countries blessed with massive stretch of coastline. In fact, it has one of the longest coastlines in the world—estimated at 36,289 kilometers. The coastline extends 2,000 kilometers from north to south, with 25 major cities lying on the coast.
The ocean provides us with the basic elements of life—it produces half of the oxygen in the air we breathe, and it is an essential part of the water cycle, helping to provide the water we drink. It is an important vein bringing life to our planet and yet each day we keep on destroying it.
People know that trash in the water:
- compromises the health of humans, wildlife and the livelihoods that depend on a healthy ocean
- threatens tourism and recreation, and the critical dollars they add to our local economies
- complicates shipping and transportation by causing navigation hazards
- generates steep bills for retrieval and removal.
To be passive about this ongoing problem is like slowly committing suicide. With every trash we throw into our ocean, we our taking in poison.
A Movement for Trash Free Seas
Over the last 25 years, Ocean Conservancy has been bringing together passionate ocean lovers and helping them contribute to a vision for trash free seas.
International Coastal Cleanup is the largest volunteer effort for ocean’s health. Held annually every third Saturday of September, people around the world gather on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected.
Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.
Did you know?
The Philippines is the second largest participating country in the world with 182, 408 volunteers for the ICC 2013. Last year, volunteers collected 794,181.9 kilograms of trash and debris in 150,544 bags within 445.73 kilometers of beaches/shorelines, waterways and underwater areas.
If you want to get involved this year you can visit the following sites:
For two straight years, I have volunteer for Shore It Up Zambales. You can even see me (or my back the least) in their video! Here is what has been happening for the past 2 years.
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If you want to join them you can visit the event page in facebook: