Today, June 8, is National Oceans Day, a part of National Oceans Month, an annual celebration of the oceans that cover 70% of the planet. To celebrate this month today we’re kicking off our Pick up for the Pups campaign and we hope you’ll participate! We’re encouraging you to join us in helping to keep marine mammals safe and healthy by preventing unnecessary debris from entering our waterways and oceans. Over the years, we have responded to, cared for, and documented a number of marine mammals that have been harmed by trash floating in the ocean, or left on the beach. While those situations are always especially tough, the good news is we can easily prevent pups (and other wildlife!) from being impacted by trash! You can participate no matter where you are and we want you to report the bags you collect to us. We’ve got fun rewards for the most bags collected and the most unusual item found! Here’s how you can participate:
- Get family and friends together and pick up refuse. Whether you’re at a favorite coastal location or not each item properly disposed of is helping to keep marine mammals safe.
- Report your results to us using this form.
- Use the hashtag #pickupforthepups to send us pictures of you cleaning up or unusual finds and we will share them.
- Get sponsored! This is not a requirement to participate, but this is a great way to get others involved with your campaign. Supporters can pledge their support for each 10 gallon bag collected.
Thank you for helping to protect wildlife by keeping debris out of our oceans. Every piece you remove has a huge impact. We can’t wait to see your results!
Learn more at mmome.org/pick-up-for-the-pups