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O.C.E.A.N. calls for coastal cleanup volunteers Saturday

Date Posted: 2010-09-23

The NPO Okinawa O.C.E.A.N. and Ocean Conservancy are celebrating the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and a 25-Year Sea Change with a beach cleaning at Cape Maeda.

This year the Ryukyu ICC's official launch is Saturday, September 25th - with cleanups registered until November 11th. Join the "Okinawa O.C.E.A.N.'s 11 Clean Beach Challenge" and help reach goal of 11,111 registered volunteers by November 11th. Organizers say "It starts with one..."

The organization says “Trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems threatening our ocean and waterways – and it’s entirely preventable,” asking the Okinawa community to join hundreds of thousands of people around the world as we celebrate the 25th anniversary this September. The Ryukyu ICC is part of the 25th annual event, the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect the oceans, lakes and rivers. Since it began a quarter century ago, more than 7.8 million volunteers have removed more than 235 million pounds of trash from our shoreline, with hundreds of volunteers spending a few hours removing trash and debris.

Volunteers can locate cleanup sites by going to http://www.signuptocleanup.org or simply show up Saturday 9 a.m. to noon at Cape Maeda. The ICC has been celebrated in Okinawa as the Yuimaru-ICC since 1993, promoted as the Ryukyu ICC to better consolidate efforts in Miyako and the Yaeyama Islands using on-line tools and mobile phones.

“The ocean is our life support system – yet marine debris continues to threaten its health. From product design to disposal, we all have a role to play in keeping our ocean clean and eliminating marine debris,” said Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy. “The International Coastal Cleanup is an essential step to finding solutions. Data collected by dedicated volunteers inform solutions to the threat of trash in our ocean. By understanding sources of marine debris, we can work together to solve this problem. Join us and communities around the world this September 25th to celebrate the International Coastal Cleanup and a 25-year Sea Change.”

NPO Okinawa O.C.E.A.N. is a registered "Specific Nonprofit Corporation" founded in 1995 by Okinawa International Clean Beach Club (OICBC) members who have coordinated the RYUKYU ICC since 1993.

The organization has led the grassroots efforts to create a wave of awareness to motivate island residents to take action while working with local governments to consolidate the volunteer effort. It works closely with the 11th Division HQ. of the Japan Coast Guard and serves as advisors to the Regional Green New Deal Initiative Committee on Marine Litter. Data is shared with the mainland Japan coordinator: J.E.A.N. NPO Okinawa O.C.E.A.N. is based out of the Cape Maeda Visitor's Center as the Cape Maeda Marine Conservation Station No.1 where it manages the information portal and Marine Litter Platform Ryukyu Islands Japan.

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