Volunteers who registered online received a clean-up kit to organise a beach clean for World Ocean Day. Photo: Cathal Noonan
WEDNESDAY, June 8 marked the global celebration of World Ocean Day, an initiative that highlights the significance of our oceans when it comes to life on this planet.
For the second successive year, Irish environmental charity Clean Coasts joined forces with National Spring Clean, providing volunteers and communities across Waterford with free clean-up kits to host a clean-up.
In the 10 events held to date in Waterford, almost 1.4 tonnes of rubbish has been collected, thus preventing a considerable level of litter from ending up in our seas.
Said Coastal Communities Manager Sinead McCoy: “World Ocean Day is a great opportunity for individuals, groups and communities to take action for Ocean Health and lend their voice of support to actions that call for more protection of our Ocean. Clean Coasts were incredibly excited to have over 200 activities happening across Ireland this month so far – including Waterford – to mark and support World Ocean Day. The amazing efforts shown on and around World Ocean Day, as well as the work of Clean Coasts volunteers all year round, are incredibly inspiring and provide a great deal of hope for the future of the world’s oceans.”
The organisation’s focus for the year is the 30×30 campaign which aims to ensure that 30 per cent of the Earth’s lands, waters and oceans are protected by 2030.
There are still a number of World Ocean Day Waterford events scheduled to take place throughout June. To find out more, visit https://cleancoasts.org/our-initiatives/world-ocean-day/