As National Coordinators for Ocean Conservancy, Live Here Love Here is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) this September. While the ICC will look a little different this year, our ocean and waterways need us now more than ever, and we invite everyone to #CleanOn!
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), is the world's largest volunteer effort to remove and record trash from local lakes, waterways, beaches and the ocean. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, not only in Northern Ireland but across the world, volunteers can still 'Clean On' through safe and socially distant individual or small group cleanups; or through at-home efforts to reduce plastic waste.
When you register your clean up on our website between 14th September - 1st October, we'll send you out a pack containing bin bags, a pair of gloves, and promotional material.
You can get involved by creating a profile on our website. Once you have created a profile, click login at the top of the page, enter your details and click add new event. Don't forget to register your results after your clean up on our website.
When you organise a clean up, you can also contribute to the world’s largest database on marine debris by logging the litter you collect in Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app (available for free download from the App Store and Google Play). Scientists, researchers, industry leaders and policymakers rely on this information to inform policy and determine solutions to the growing marine debris crisis! How to use the Clean Swell App. You can also download the data cards below to use on your clean up.
Throughout September, Ocean Conservancy will be releasing a series of new online resources that encourage volunteers to research their local waste systems, think creatively about how to reduce their everyday waste footprint, or conduct a small, safe cleanup.
Here are a few documents to help you with your clean up:
Our first priority is to make sure everyone stays safe. During this time we would ask that you DO NOT organise or attend large litter picks or other events. Please keep events in line with Government Guidelines, following number restrictions and social distancing. To keep you safe and our staff healthy, please note that we will not be lending equipment. However, we can support you through our Adopt A Spot Programme and we will be sending you out an International Coastal Clean Up pack.
Many of us know therapeutic impacts of time spent outdoors, it can boost your immune system and have a really positive impact on your mental health. Following the advice on social distancing and where safe to do so, you could pick some litter with your family or as an individual and #doonesmallthing for the environment! Just remember to do it safely, ensure you follow social distancing advice and wash your hands after. See our Hints and Tips Booklet for more general information on carrying out a safe clean up.
We will of course be following Government and Public Health Agency advice closely and will update this information if anything changes. Thank you for your support and patience as we work through this. We need community now more than ever as we pull together to help the most vulnerable.