Sat. Sept. 15th Int’l Coastal & Waterway Cleanup Day – Suit Up to Clean Up

This is all about cleaning up waterways; oceans, streams, rivers, bays, wildlife sanctuaries…

I’ll be there! I hope you will enjoy participating as well.

Suit Up To Clean Up,  Saturday September 15th, the International Coastal Cleanup day, water way near you

Suit Up To Clean Up This Saturday September 15th is the International Coastal Cleanup day – or any water way near you

Here’s how you can find a location near you to become involved.

Find a Cleanup Location, Suit Up To Clean Up, Saturday September 15th

Find a Cleanup Location, Suit Up To Clean Up, Saturday September 15th

You can view the global map to see find a location near you!

I found one near me, the Osamequin Wildlife Refuge
choosing to bicycle about an hour away south to help clean up a wildlife reserve. In the meantime, people further south will be dealing with cleanup after the hurricane.

I am looking forward to it. I hope you all can join in wherever you are!

About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

One Response to Sat. Sept. 15th Int’l Coastal & Waterway Cleanup Day – Suit Up to Clean Up

  1. Loren Booda says:

    One day in 1987, I believe, tired of my volunteer job at Goodwill Industries, I thought of what I could do for my immediate community. Somehow I ended up taking a walk on a park path next to a small stream, when I noticed a lot of trash where the water flowed next to a road. (Boy Scouts had a positive experience of respecting the environment.) I found a couple of trash bags in my car, which I proceeded to fill to the top with all of the litter in about a half hour. There was also a lead-acid battery; together with the filled bags, I placed them at the side of the road.

    I knew the Caretaker’s house was nearby, so I went there and rand the doorbell. Out of a fairy tale, a four-something girl, with her two-year-old brother clutching her leg, answered the door. She chewed gum like a gangster moll with a wad of tobacco. Anyway, I asked her to tell her daddy about the trash. Soon after, I contacted the Senior Naturalist who worked across the street in the Nature Center. He asked me whether I wished to become a volunteer — I assented and joined the team for the next 16 years.

    The park was great. We learned about the Native Americans who had lived there over 400 years ago, recycled aluminum, cared for plants, fed raptors — injured, thus unrehabilitatable. (Red, the Red Tailed Hawk died just last year, after more than 40 years of life.) The Center sponsored trips to the swamp and the mountains with other volunteers, and other privileges too numerous to mention. We had outdoor concerts during the summer, events at both solstices and children’s celebrations at various holidays. We had classes in natural wreath making, and a spring festival, bringing out Arlingtonians of differing interests in ecology, history, geology, Gaia, entrepreneurial startups and just plain fun.

    I spent most of my time at the center by greeting the public and regaling them with the taxidermied niche — replete with dear, bear, owl, snake (all stuffed). Often my time was spent preparing flyers, answering the phone, or talking to my friend Estelle the Kestrel with broken wing, in the cage next to me. (We’re not supposed to name wild animals, though.) Estelle and I would share lunch; my sandwiches, and her mouse. Toward the end of my term, I was awarded, “for invaluable volunteer service” the top such award from the northern Virginia parks.

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