Friday, August 04, 2006

An Evite for You: 2006 International Coastal Clean-up at North Avenue Beach

Host: Jennifer Roche
Location: North Avenue Beach (By the "Boat")
1603 N. Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, IL View Map
When: Saturday, September 16, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Phone: ThePlaceWhereWeLive[at]

90 countries!
50 states!
400,000 volunteers!

All coming together to help protect and restore our lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Will you join us?

For the second year in a row, I will be co-captaining the International Coastal Clean-up at North Avenue Beach in Chicago. (John will join me as my co-captain this year as Ann Hopkins Avery and her husband, Lance, await the arrival of their new, little beach-cleaner-upper to be. Best wishes Ann & Lance!)

This event began more than 20 years ago when an Ocean Conservancy staff member was appalled at the amount of litter she found on the shores of South Padre Island, Texas. She organized a clean up, and, within a generation, that seemingly modest gesture grew into a worldwide phenomenon.

Please join us. We'll use the morning to enjoy the sunshine (or rain), meet new people, admire the lake, and pick up garbage. All of the garbage will be weighed and documented to help lobby for clean water legislation and raise awareness among policy makers and polluters. In other words, your efforts will make a difference.

This is an especially child-friendly volunteer event. All are welcome. Forward this freely. Come for three hours or three minutes.

What to bring? Nothing, really. We’ll supply everything, but if you think of it, work gloves are helpful to wear.

Who is the sponsor? It is sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes and launched in cooperation with the Ocean Conservancy, which coordinates the event world-wide.

I hope to see you there. It's sure to be one of the last great events of summer!

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