Grand Haven State Park Beach Clean Up

I, along with over 300 participants, got up bright and early on April 20th at 9:00 am to clean up a state park here in Michigan. Grand Haven State Park Beach Clean Up was so well organized by Drew Paloucek and WMEAC.

IT was a free event for the community and open to the public, all ages are welcome! They had free from coffee complimentary Aldea Coffee, thank goodness, and all the clean-up supplies we need. Another great thing about this clean-up was they focus on zero waste. They recommended to bring reusable reusable water bottle, coffee mug in all their advertisements.

Even though it was really windy and cold that morning I was able to meet some great students and parents from Grand Haven. We were in a group of six people and walked the beach for about 1.5 hours. As a small group we picked up over 300 pieces of plastic!

Aldea Coffee put out a great follow-up email from the clean-up so I’ve included their statistics, and I wanted to share with you the file paragraph they asked of all our use, and I’m asking of you as the reader. “We encourage each of you to take the time to reflect on the items you collected along with the lakeshore, especially single use plastics. We challenge you to contemplate omitting them from your daily lives.”

It’s great to see people out in the community doing beach clean-ups, but it’s a sad idea to think we have to clean up the beaches of plastic in the first place. Let’s protect the places we love, whether it’s the Great Lakes or the forest. It’s our time to take action and do what’s right for the sake of the next generation.

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