We’re organizing a beach clean-up day and need your help! Come volunteer with us as we work to make Galveston beaches a little cleaner.

 

When: Saturday, August, 23, 2014   8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: We will be meeting across the street from “The Spot” restaurant near the Pleasure Pier (3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550)
Clean up location: Galveston seawall between 29th st. & 39th st.
How to sign up: E-mail SAndreas@HoustonZoo.org to sign up and get more information

 

Volunteers will be required to complete a release of liability form before participating in Beach Cleanup Day. Please print, complete, and bring the form with you on Saturday, August 23. BeachCleanupRelease.pdf

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It’s very important to keep our beaches free of trash and debris, namely plastic. Take a look at how damaging plastic pollution can be.

Challenges of Plastic Pollution:

  • There is roughly 315,000,000,000 pounds of plastic in our oceans right now.
  • The average American will throw away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
  • Plastic bags are petroleum-based and do not biodegrade.
  • 100,000 marine animals die each year from eating plastic pollution in our oceans.
  • Sea turtles and other marine creatures mistake plastics and other garbage as food (such as jellyfish) and ingest it. This causes blockages within their digestive system and lead to severe medical issues.

How You Can Help:

  • Come to our beach clean-up day!
  • Be a hero-use biodegradable garbage bags and pet waste bags! They break down naturally, and don’t leave harmful chemicals behind.
  • Visit the Houston Zoo-a portion of every ticket purchased goes towards saving animals in the wild!
  • Be a hero-avoid using plastic! Buy a reusable water bottle and reusable canvas grocery bags instead of the plastic alternatives. By Using a canvas bag you can eliminate the use of 1,000 plastic bags!

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