Presidential Proclamation No. 470 declares the third Sunday of September of each year as the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) Day in observance of the Global Coastal Clean-up celebrations.
ICC is the largest effort of different volunteer organizations to ensure ocean’s health. People gather on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash. They record information on the debris collected from bodies of water all over the world. The aim is to improve waste management, and promote environmental consciousness in all countries.
The International Coastal Clean-up started in 1996, when two determined individuals – Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara of Texas USA asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card in order to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.
From the said initiative, the movement grew and is now being observed in more than 100 countries.
They were able to make a difference to the world by their simple efforts.
YOU CAN TOO! LET’S SAVE THE OCEANS!