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Dear Friend of the Ocean,

You name it, and I bet we've found it on the beach and in the water.

We've collected cigarette butts, plastic bags, toilet seats, washing machines, abandoned fishing gear—even the proverbial kitchen sink. In fact, over the past 25 years of Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, more than 8.5 million volunteers have removed 145 million pounds of trash, including 53 million cigarette butts, 14 million food wrappers and containers, 13 million caps and lids...the list goes on and on.

Trash on our beaches and in our waterways isn't just an eyesore—it's harmful to humans, wildlife and entire ecosystems. But the good news is that ocean trash is entirely preventable. By recycling, repurposing and reusing, each of us can reduce the amount of trash we generate. And we can also come together to cure the problem that's already been created, by heading to a beach or waterway to pick up trash during our 26th annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Ocean trash affects everyone, everywhere, and we all have a shared responsibility to keep the ocean clean and healthy. I hope you'll join us at a Cleanup this year, or organize your own.

And as always, thank you for everything you've done or will do to care for our ocean.

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For a sea change,
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Vikki N. Spruill
President and CEO
Ocean Conservancy

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The Arctic needs your help! Take action today

As Ocean Conservancy Vice President Denny Kelso wrote in the Huffington Post last week, we are simply not ready to expose our Arctic waters to the threat of a major oil spill. We need you to tell the Department of the Interior that you want to protect the Arctic by making sure we have the science we need before we let another spill happen. Take action today!

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Thank you for taking action to save sharks!

Last week, the the California statewide ban on shark fins passed the state Senate Appropriations Committee! The contentious bill will face a tough vote on the Senate floor, but passing through Appropriations unchanged overcomes a major hurdle. Thank you for signing petitions and sending action alerts to show your support for this bill. Haven't taken action yet? It's not too late! Click here to sign our petition to put an end to the shark fin trade in California.

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August 2011

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Here at Ocean Conservancy, we know knowledge is power. That's why we asked our Facebook fans to send Marine Debris Specialist Nick Mallos their questions about ocean trash. We got some great questions and are looking for more!. Like us on Facebook to join the conversation.
1 Month, 1 Minute, 1 Thing
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It's back to school time, and that means back to packing lunches every day. Even though most of us are past using the proverbial "brown paper bag" you'd still be amazed by how much trash gets packed into kids' (and adults') lunches. Click here to learn one small thing you can do to pack lunch, not trash.
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