Beach Cleanups: Words from a Teen Volunteer

I have been on a few organized beach cleanups and I thought it would be exactly what I imagined. I just expected to go in and collect trash for a couple hours then go out and be the same person that I was before. I actually had a lot of fun on the beach cleanups. It gave me a lot of time to talk to other volunteers and to get to know them since we usually went off in pairs or groups of three.

    It was also nice going to different beaches since I stopped going to beaches around Seattle very often a long time ago. And beaches that I had been to before I got to explore the full length of the beach instead of sticking to the same area. Of course, some of them had a lot of trash. I started to despise styrofoam and cigarette butts. It was also shocking since very rarely did I ever see someone smoking or even using styrofoam cups. Some beaches also had entire books left on the beach to become trash or to be washed up.

    It made me think how beach cleanups should be done more often, since most of the trash seemed pretty old. And if it was done regularly, how there could easily be almost no trash leftover and trash getting out into the ocean could be prevented a lot easier if it was caught when it was on the beach.

    People say they are powerless to change the ocean’s health, but I don’t know if that’s right.

– Robin

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