Irish environmental programme Clean Coasts is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and, in honour of this milestone, over 300 groups in Ireland, including 10 in Counties Louth and Meath, have registered to carry out a clean-up during the week around World Ocean Day.
Clean-ups will be happening throughout the county, including in Clogherhead, Bettystown Beach, Carlingford, Rathcor Beach and Whitestown Beach and more.
Clean Coasts are thrilled to see so many groups and individuals stepping up across Ireland to help protect our 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.
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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 all of us to enjoy.
Beach Clean with Bettystown Tidy Towns on 10th June at 9am at Bettystown Beach:
People who haven't registered their clean-up can still join an existing one. For more information, please visit Clean Coasts’ event page.