Why is picking up trash so important or even a big deal?
It doesn’t matter what you call it, trash, litter, aquatic debris, or junk – it’s dangerous to safety, wildlife, and various economies. Aquatic debris is a threat to our favorite recreational activities – like surfing, swimming, boating, and fishing. Much of wildlife is harmed each year because of mistaken debris for food (or has become entangled in ropes and lines). The beauty of many beaches is well-known and thrives on the recreation and tourism industries. Beach-clean-ups are considered to be very important because throwing trash into beaches gets into the oceans, animals can easily mistaken that trash for a certain food source.
Does recycling really help?
Every bit of recycling makes a difference. Recycling our materials can help to reduce the amount of waste in the environment. By recycling, we can reuse the materials in our trash and save energy, while also reducing the pollution in natural habitats. Manufacturing with recycled materials produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with fresh materials. Also, recycling conserves our limited natural resources. When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.
Luckily, many many organizations work year-round on projects, programs, and campaigns that support clean water, environmental conservation, environmental protection, and advancing the green economy. Education work focuses on efforts to green schools — from energy efficiency upgrades to improving school food — and supporting educators with resources to teach and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. The conservation and greening efforts include planting trees to reforest environmentally critical areas of the globe and increase the urban tree canopy, and protecting clean air and water. Advocacy efforts focus on engaging local leaders and citizens of all ages and from all walks of life with campaigns: to end plastic pollution, to protect our species, and to advance clean energy. We believe in The Surfrider Foundation, and that is who we support.