It seems like every week, there’s an article or post about pollution in the ocean. I grew up swimming in a pond on my grandparents’ property in Vermont and rarely had to worry about people leaving trash around the pond or in the streams that fed the pond. I was luckier than I knew. Since then I’ve seen, swum, rafted, hiked, sailed and dove in some amazing places around the world. I’ve also seen and lived in some of the harshest deserts in the world where clean water only comes in a plastic bottle. I understand how important clean water is to all of us.
At least once a month, I’ll go for a walk and pick up trash along the way because it all ends up in the ocean eventually. This year I’m going a step further and hosting a coastal cleanup in Lago di Barcis, Italy (and hopefully many other global locations).
Coastal Cleanup Details:
- 0800-1200 15September
- Lago di Barcis – Park near the Italian Restaurant
- Trash bags will be provided
- Hand sanitizer will be provided
- First aid kit will be available
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your volunteer location, number of volunteers you are bringing or questions
- Recommend you bring reusable gardening or work gloves
- Recommend you wear a hat and sunscreen!
- Recommend you wear water shoes or appropriate footwear
- Recommend you bring a reusable water bottle
- Recommend you bring a friend or three!
If you are busy on 15Sep, you can do a coastal cleanup any time that works for you.
Enjoy some of our favorite water photos from around the world
Some things will not decompose for thousands of years including these toilet bowls and sinks are from the Yolanda Wreck 1980, Ras Muhammed National Park Sharm el Sheik, Egypt 2001.
SS Thistlegorm was sunk on 6 October 1941 near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea and is now a well-known diving site. This tire may take hundreds of years to decompose.
A friendly blue spotted stingray in Ras Muhammed National Park Sharm el Sheik, Egypt.
An idylic beach on Zanzibar, Tanzania November 2004
In places where water is scarce, it is that much more important, one of those is Colca Canyon, Peru.
My favorite hiking spot in the Washington, DC area is the Maryland side of Great Falls National Park.
A collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.
The Lady Gallant Shipwreck in Bimini, Bahamas.
The Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland is amazing any time of year.
Driving on a flooded road Lake Ohrid, Macedonia June 2014
View of Frenchman’s Bay from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park Bar Harbor, Maine July 2016.