Ocean Conservancy launches “Plastic Free Cities” in Miami


MIAMI – Students celebrated the launch of “Plastic Free Cities” Saturday morning with a cleanup challenge at Goodlet Park in Hialeah in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy, Debris Free Oceans and Big Blue & You.

Studies show that the health of Biscayne Bay is in crisis, with pollution killing corals, fish and nearly 80% of seagrass beds.

Ocean Conservancy, the nation’s oldest marine conservation nonprofit, empowers high school students.

Under the new program, high school students will learn innovative ways for local businesses to improve sustainability.

After completing the program, students are expected to go out and speak to business owners in person, encouraging them to enroll in Miami-Dade’s Plastic Free 305 program, a commitment to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics.

According to a press release, Ocean Conservancy was the first in the country to commission an in-depth study of the sources of plastic pollution in Miami.

The researchers recorded 10,122 wastes and 55% were plastic items commonly used as food packaging and tobacco products.

The report showed that plastic fragments, food wrappers and tobacco products are the top contributors to urban litter in Miami, according to data from the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges.

For more information, visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org or you can follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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