Beach Cleanup with American Airlines and Citibank
November 29, 2022
On Tuesday, November 29th, 2022, The International SeaKeepers Society hosted a beach cleanup on 1st Street in South Beach in front of the Marriott Stanton Hotel for American Airlines and Citibank employees. 68 volunteers spent an hour of their afternoon cleaning South Beach, and many of them came back with full buckets, surprised at how the deceivingly clean-looking beach yielded 65 pounds of trash. Participants found a variety of items, from the usual plastic straws and cigarette butts to umbrellas, earplugs, and abandoned sandals. In addition to cleaning the beach, they played a friendly game of Cleanup Bingo, where they crossed specific items off from a picture bingo board as they found them during their cleanup. The first team to cross off five in a row won reusable water bottles to take their sustainability to the next level! Thank you so much to both Citibank and American Airlines for spending your afternoon cleaning up our coastal environments and we hope to see you all back at a cleanup sometime soon.
CleanSwell is a trash collection mobile app developed by Ocean Conservancy and utilized by volunteers at each of our cleanups that allows them to record the types and quantities of trash found during their cleanup. Our mission at SeaKeepers begins with the foundation of research followed by the education of communities that empower them to protect and restore the surrounding coastal and marine environments. Data from the CleanSwell app is included in a global database that scientists everywhere can access and provides a means of identifying pollution trends that are location specific. Using CleanSwell at our cleanups involves community members in the Ocean Conservancy’s pursuit of evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and people that depend on it, as well as provides the data necessary for effective local legislation to be written accomplishing the SeaKeepers’ goal of protection and eventual restoration. 19% of the volunteers attending this cleanup participated in the CleanSwell data collection and accounted for 85% of the trash we collected.