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Coastal Cleanup Saturday Sept. 25

Ocean Conservancy to Host 25th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on September 25th: Celebrating 25 Years of Global Volunteerism for a Healthier Ocean Anniversary marks time to look to sources of marine debris and the solutions to end this threat

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ocean Conservancy:

What:

Ocean Conservancy celebrates 25 years of dedicated volunteerism during the 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world will continue a quarter-century tradition, spending a few hours removing trash from their local beach or waterway and keeping track of everything they find on standardized data cards. Ocean Conservancy uses this data to create the world's only state-by-state, country-by-country index of what is trashing our ocean, lakes and rivers, which has helped to identify the sources and solutions to marine debris over the past 25 years. In 2009, nearly 500,000 volunteers removed 7.4 million pounds of debris in over 100 countries. Visit www.oceanconservancy.org/cleanup for additional information and to view, Trash Travels, our latest report on ocean trash.



Who:


Global network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers including divers, boaters, and families.



When/Where:


Saturday, September 25th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. along beaches, lakes and rivers around the globe. Ocean Conservancy will launch a searchable map of cleanup sites in August available at www.oceanconservancy.org/cleanup

Background: Ocean Conservancy is celebrating the 25th anniversary of our annual International Coast Cleanup. Ocean Conservancy President and CEO, Vikki Spruill, offers this statement in advance of the historic volunteer event:

"Over the last quarter-century, the International Coastal Cleanup has grown from a single cleanup on a Texas beach to a worldwide movement to end the threat of trash in our ocean - our life support system. In the span of twenty-five years, the International Coastal Cleanup expanded to include hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world who have removed many millions of pounds of trash from the Earth's ocean, lakes and waterways and documented what they found. This unwavering dedication over the years has helped to make the environment safer for wildlife and people alike. The hard work of volunteers culminates in the only global snapshot of the problem of marine debris every year, generated by Ocean Conservancy to enlist lawmakers, corporations, communities and individuals in solving this serious pollution problem.

"As we look back with pride on 25 years of achievement, we are also mindful of the challenge that remains. The threat that marine debris poses to the health of our ocean continues to grow, and each of us as individuals has a role to play in turning the tide. Trash does not fall from the sky, it falls from human hands - and those hands have the power to stop it. Whether we live near a coast or hundreds of miles inland, we are all connected to the ocean and share a responsibility for its care.

"And as we look forward to the next 25 years, corporations and governments must join us in striving for a trash-free ocean. Momentum for change is building as the dangers of marine debris to our ecosystem and economy become more widely understood, and as an increasing number of corporations and policymakers commit themselves to meeting the challenge. Together, we can start a sea change."

The Coca-Cola Company has supported the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) for the past 15 years. Two years ago, Coca-Cola launched a multi-year partnership with Ocean Conservancy through a $1 million pledge to support the ICC. Last year, nearly 42,000 Coca-Cola system associates, their friends and families in 32 markets around the world participated in the ICC, contributing nearly 265,000 hours of volunteer time. As part of its $20 billion, 10-year initiative to address climate change, Bank of America has supported the ICC for the past several years, with thousands of associates participating in Cleanup events across the United States and around the world. Other national sponsors include Altria Group, Inc.; Booz Allen Hamilton; The Dow Chemical Company; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); The Solo Cup Company; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ocean Conservancy is the world's foremost advocate for the oceans. Through science-based advocacy, research, and public education, we inform, inspire and empower people to speak and act for the oceans. Ocean Conservancy is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific, including Alaska, with support from more than half a million members and volunteers. www.oceanconservancy.org.

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