Every year about 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans. We are seeing increasing amounts of trash enter our fresh and eventually marine ecosystems.
Single-use plastics are finding their way into the oceans at an unprecedented rate. They eventually break down into macromolecules that are creating a “slurpee ocean”. These particles are being ingested by marine life and working their way up the food chain, where eventually the tissue of the fish we eat is saturated with plastics. Not a healthy situation. Additionally, birds, whales, and many other marine animals are being found dead, their stomachs full of undigestable plastic.
Sea Save is working hard to increase awareness about this problem to the public, provide advocacy tools to translate opinion into action, law and public policy. In the meantime, we need to clean up our beaches freshwater ways and our open areas. These plastics will eventually find their way tot he ocean. By creating a virtual clean-up call to action, we can expand our effort. Our followers can “pitch in” whenever they see a problem and when they have time! Carbon footprint is minimized because participants can clean up in their own neighborhood or backyard.
#GetTrashy is a virtual call to action. Want to do a beach cleanup? Great! Do it. Then post pics or video of your effort and upload your effort to social media with the #SeaSave #GetTrashy tags. You will be part of an international groundswell effort of people pitching in to clean up the oceans!