RISE’s 2020 International Coastal Cleanup

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 On Saturday, September 19, the Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE) hosted its annual International Coastal Cleanup in partnership with the American Littoral Society from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The purpose of this event is to help raise awareness on the escalating amount of trash in the ocean. The Ocean Conservancy works to establish legislation that aims to reduce the amount of trash along our shores. RISE and other organizations across the world host this event to help them reach their goal, through encouraging people to go out and record all of the trash that they collect. Unfortunately, due to health and safety risks, participants were not able to record their individual findings this year.

A total of 46 people came out to participate in the event. Participants consisted of many returning volunteers, as well as some new community members and people from out of town. Due to social distancing, most of our participants have been stuck at home. There have not been many opportunities to volunteer this year, making this a great chance to get outdoors before the season ends. The people who were able to make it were very excited that RISE was still hosting the event this year.

At the end of the event, all volunteers were given their very own blueberry bush as a reward for their efforts. Everyone at RISE would like to thank all of the volunteers who were able to participate in this year's International Coastal Cleanup. It certainly will be one to remember.

This event is sponsored by NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation and NACTO and is part of the "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with NYC Dept of Transportation.

Liam Lachner Is the Community Outreach Coordinator and NYC Civic Corps Member.

By Liam Lachner

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