Here in Florida we LOVE our beaches! What better way to help the environment than volunteering your time doing a beach clean-up?
On Friday, March 18th, the Outdoors Club at St. Petersburg College Downtown Campus came together to participate in the Great American Clean-Up at St. Pete Beach- Upham Beach with Keep Pinellas Beautiful.
The Outdoors Club arrived and got straight to work, walking along the shore and in between cabanas located on the beautiful, St. Pete Beach. The majority of our trash bags were full of cigarette buds, water bottles, pop cans, straws and bottle caps. The impact that the students made will not only draw in more families and friends to a cleaner beach, but also help keep marine life safe and healthy.
The Great American Clean-Up is a nation wide program that promotes clean parks, beaches, and public areas around the United States. Volunteers gather in their communities from March 1st to May 31st to help Keep America Beautiful.
Keep Pinellas Beautiful is an organization that promotes a clean environment in the community through volunteer programs. They work along side with businesses, schools, neighborhood groups and local governments to encourage recycling around the community especially in areas like beaches, parks, roadways and green spaces.
The mission of Keep Pinellas Beautiful is to conserve and beautify our natural environment by means of community engagement and education.
Keep America Beautiful envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.
“Did you know that approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash per year enters the ocean?” NOAA
Participating in a beach clean-up is rewarding because of the impact on the environment. St. Petersburg, FL is well known for their lovely beaches, and when the community can give back to the beautiful atmosphere, it results in overall happier beach visitors and animals.