July 1-7 is Clean Beaches Week, an entire week dedicated to celebrating the importance of keeping our beaches clean and our marine ecosystems safe. Hundreds of events are organized locally on beaches across the US to raise awareness about respecting our beaches and the surrounding environment.
Clean beaches Week holds a significant place on the calendar, with its dates surrounding the widely-celebrated 4th of July. While Independence Day brings joy and festivities, it also unfortunately contributes to one of the most litter-filled days of the year at beaches. This presents a unique opportunity to educate and encourage beachgoers to become more responsible stewards of our coastlines.
Preserving the cleanliness of our beaches is a collective responsibility. Here are a few simple actions we can take to make a difference during Clean Beaches Week:
- Reducing your carbon footprint: Try carpooling with a friend, biking, or using public transportation, such as the bus to get to the beach.
- Reduce single-use plastic: Bring reusable water bottles, bags, and food containers when visiting the beach. Avoid purchasing items wrapped in excessive packaging and choose eco-friendly alternatives. One great option is purchasing your groceries in bulk and then portioning them into reusable containers!
- Dispose of waste responsibly: Always use designated trash and recycling bins or take your trash with you when leaving the beach. Never leave cigarette butts or any other non-biodegradable items behind.
- Participate in beach cleanups: Join local organizations or volunteer groups conducting beach cleanups during Clean Beaches Week and beyond!
Clean Beaches Week serves as a powerful reminder that each one of us can make a positive impact on the preservation of Hawaii’s beautiful beaches. By taking small but significant steps to reduce waste, participate in beach cleanups, and respect marine life, we contribute to the long-term sustainability of our coastal ecosystems. Observe marine creatures from a safe distance, never feed them, and avoid touching or disturbing coral reefs. Make sure no items you bring with you to the beach blow into the ocean or toward any marine creatures. Let us work together to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy Hawaii’s pristine shores.
Source: Clean Beaches