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Governor’s School urges others to get involved in Coastal Cleanup

This weekend hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will be heading to their local beaches, rivers and streams to participate in the 22nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup—the largest volunteer event in the world. 

Last year, 378,000 volunteers from 76 countries and 45 states collected 6 million pounds of trash from their local waters and coastlines. This effort, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy, includes collecting data about the amount and weight of trash and also its source.

Of the debris collected worldwide, 38% of marine trash comes from smoking and smoking-related activities (cigarettes, cigarette filters, packs and wrappers), and another 60% comes from shoreline and recreational activities (bottles, cans, food wrappers, bags, etc).

The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School will be participating in this cleanup and others throughout the months of September and October and its students encourage other groups to do the same.

Although the official clean-up day is September 20, September and October are set aside as the official clean-up months and one can get a group out to clean up any time. Just contact Virginia Clean Waterways to register your group at, or email .

One can get an official clean-up kit with data sheets, trash bags, and even a T-shirt for the leader. Lesson plans also are available for teachers.  “This is one environmental problem where we can work together and make a real difference!” said a Governor’s School spokesperson.

posted 09.18.2008

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