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Virtual Actual Earth Day Cleanup

April 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

At 9 am on April 22, take a bag, don some gloves, and clean your own beach, street, park, roadside, playground, sidewalk, river bank, forest or dunescape, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Register with Laura Ludwig, Program Coordinator at [email protected] and she will tally your results for an even greater sense of accomplishment! CLICK HERE to download a Beach Debris Data Sheet. Send photos to us via Facebook or email them to Laura so we can share your success!

A message from Laura:

“I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a bit disconnected from my “community” these days. I thought if we all did something together, yet separately and safely in this Era of COVID-19 (CE), we could have a shared experience to help dispel the sense of isolation.

Here’s the plan:

Do a cleanup on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22. High Tide for the Outer Cape is midday that day, so let’s start at 9 am so that those working on a local beach will have good access to the wrack line.

Register with me ahead of time (no later than April 20th); I’ll send you a data sheet for you to print out (or I can mail you one, or you can download and print one here.

Pick your beach – or street, for that matter – wherever you’d like to focus an hour-long cleanup.

Use your own bags or buckets and gloves – gloves will be essential for this cleanup.

TAKE AT LEAST TWO PHOTOS OF YOURSELVES – one of you in the location you have chosen, and one at the very end of your cleanup, showing your debris.

Use the data sheet and email the results – I find it’s easier to do this after I get back from the cleanup, but some folks prefer to tally as they go along. It’s up to you – the data will be important for a more robust final analysis.

CCS will collage all the pics into one “group photo” on our Facebook page and/or website.

CCS will post the resulting tally there as well, so you can see what an incredible impact your efforts have made.

Many folks around the country will likely be holding their own cleanups in honor of Earth Day.

One of the primary cleanup organizations with chapters nationwide, Surfrider, had some sage advice specific to this CE cleanup:

***As a result of an exponential increase in the use of medical items and personal protective equipment, please be aware that these items (gloves, masks, wipes) found in your cleanups may be dangerous, should be handled wearing gloves, and should be disposed of properly. If you do encounter PPE on your cleanup, please enter a separate category on the tally sheet for that item.

***Other CE recommendations would of course also be in effect, regarding “social distancing”, “don’t touch your face” and “wash your hands”. However, the most important recommendations to follow, in my opinion, are, “get outside”, “take care of yourself”, and “take care of the planet”. Amazing that a beach cleanup can do all of those things at once!

So, that’s my thinking. Please email me directly if you would like to be part of my very first, and hopefully last, Virtual Actual Earth Day Beach Cleanup.

My best to you all,


April 22, 2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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