International Coastal Cleanup 2018

International Coastal Cleanup

September 15th, 2018

Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed individuals. Back in 1986, Linda Maraniss moved to Texas from Washington, DC, where she had been working for Ocean Conservancy. She’d been inspired by the work her Ocean Conservancy colleague Kathy O’Hara was doing on a groundbreaking report called Plastics in the Ocean: More than a Litter Problem that would be published the next year.

Linda and Kathy reached out to the Texas General Land Office, local businesses and other dedicated ocean-lovers, and planned what would become Ocean Conservancy’s first Cleanup. They asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card in order to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.

The Cleanup has grown immensely in the 30 years since Linda and Kathy’s first Cleanup. More than 100 countries all over the world come together each year and participate in a Cleanup event.  Trinidad & Tobago has been part of this for over a decade and the Ministry of Planning and Development has been a key collaborator with the T&T Chapter of the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD).  Join us this year as we clean the Foreshore in Port of Spain on September 15. 

Join the Ministry of Planning and Development on September 15, 2018 on International Coastal Cleanup Day at the Foreshore, Port of Spain from 10:00 AM.
To register, email us at
Please see below for a recommended list of items to bring along on the day:
•         Foot gear for a wet environment, must be closed-toed shoes e.g. boots, water shoes, sneakers etc.
           A change of clothes in case you do get wet or dirty.
•         Reusable water bottle
•         Garden Gloves
•         Shovel/spade/rake
•         Hat
•         Sunblock
•         Insect repellent
•         Medication (if needed)