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Over 300 Beach Clean-Ups to Celebrate Clean Coasts’ 20th Anniversary on World Oceans Day

7th June 2023
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Over 4,000 volunteers have signed up to participate in the beach cleans happening all over the country this week as part Clean Coasts’s call to action for World Ocean Day on Thursday 8 June

Over 4,000 volunteers have signed up to participate in the beach cleans happening all over the country this week as part Clean Coasts’s call to action for World Ocean Day on Thursday 8 June.

More than 300 clean-ups are set to take place in this year’s initiative which also doubles as a celebration of Clean Coasts’ 20th anniversary.

Since 2003, Clean Coasts has been working with communities to help protect and care for Ireland’s waterways, coastline, seas, ocean and marine life.

For the past 20 years Clean Coasts has been working to create tangible and immediate improvements to Ireland’s coastal environment, involving thousands of volunteers removing large quantities of marine litter from our coastline each year.

For this reason, the programme is looking forward to marking this milestone on World Ocean Day by doing something to protect the Irish coast and celebrating the amazing groups and volunteers around Ireland for the work they do all year round.


For 2023, the focus of World Ocean Day will be on the 30×30 campaign meaning that for us to create a healthy ocean with abundant wildlife and to stabilise our climate, it’s crucial that 30% of our planet’s lands, waters and ocean are protected by the year 2030.

Marine litter has become a global problem for humans and marine life alike. Making sure litter is collected and disposed of properly at the source is vital for a cleaner ocean and a greener world for all of us to enjoy.

The charity is asking everybody around Ireland to join its birthday celebrations and make a difference for our marine environment and wildlife.

Sinead McCoy, coastal communities manager with Clean Coasts says: “Happy 20th Birthday to the Clean Coasts community! Let’s celebrate by working together to protect our coastlines and waterways.

“The Clean Coasts network has over 2000 groups working across Ireland to clean up Ireland coastline, beaches and waterways. Join us in our clean-up efforts and let’s continue to make a positive impact and celebrate the incredible natural environment Irish has to offer.“”

If you missed your chance to register to receive a kit and host a beach clean of your own, you can still join an existing clean-up. Find out when and where they’re happening HERE. Team

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