In honour of Irish environmental programme Clean Coasts celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, 64 groups in Donegal have registered to carry out a clean-up during the week around World Ocean Day.
Clean-ups will be happening in groups of all sizes, from individuals, friends and families to community groups, tidy towns groups, schools and sports groups in different locations throughout the county, including Rossnowlagh beach, Buncrana, Maghera, Lagg beach and Bundoran, and more along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Clean Coasts are thrilled to see so many groups and individuals stepping up across Ireland to help protect the ocean and celebrate Clean Coasts’ 20th birthday and want to take this opportunity to thank and celebrate the efforts of all individuals and groups who have been protecting the Irish marine environment, whether they have been involved with the programme since 2003 or this is their first time joining the initiative.
World Ocean Day is celebrated annually on June 8th to highlight the important role the ocean has for our life and the planet. For 2023, the focus of World Ocean Day will be on the 30×30 campaign meaning that for us to create a healthy ocean with abundant wildlife and to stabilize our climate, it’s crucial that 30% of our planet’s lands, waters, and ocean are protected by the year 2030.
Marine litter has become a global problem for humans and marine life alike. However, communities around Ireland have demonstrated their desire to be part of the solution by taking part in several beach cleaning calls to action.
Making sure litter is collected and disposed of properly at the source is vital for a cleaner ocean and a greener world for everyone to enjoy.
People who haven’t registered their clean-up can still join an existing one. For more information, please visit Clean Coasts’ event page.