Lend a Hand with Trash Removal
Keep their home clean
Garbage that becomes marine debris is one of the most significant threats to marine wildlife. You can help to keep the ocean clean by refusing and/or reusing plastics and styrofoam. Plastic pollution breaks down into smaller pieces called microplastics. Each year, microplastics as part of the billions of pounds of pollutants and garbage, enter the ocean ands wreak havoc on wildlife
Litter can harm wildlife in many ways. When wildlife ingest garbage, it may block their airways or fill up their stomachs, causing them to choke or starve to death. Animals can also become entangled in the debris, which hinders their ability to move freely, causing some to drown, or may cut into their skin and cause an infection. Helping out can be as easy as properly disposing of your garbage, recycling when possible and picking up any trash you find.
Links to Learn More
- NOAA’s Marine Debris Program
- A Guide to Plastic in the Ocean - NOAA
- Ocean Pollution - NOAA
- The Goal is Clean Seas in Florida Keys
- Teacher Toolkit to Fight Against Marine Debris
Take the Pledge
Respect. Protect. Enjoy.