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The ‘little things’ add to the debris on the beaches | News, Sports, Jobs


Rachael Mayou, SUNY senior and Diane Clark, director of Greystone Nature Preserve, as they prepare to sort and count trash on the beach.

Christina Dahlin from Stockton recently participated in the Great Lakes Beach Sweep. The section of beach she was patrolling was half a mile in the Port of Barcelona. Christina picked up all the trash from the beach, including cigarette butts and debris.

It wasn’t until she went into the woods next to the beach that she discovered the “mother load” litter left by picnickers. These people had deliberately chosen beautiful sites to enjoy their time at the beach, but many of them left behind abandoned remnants of their relaxing day. These are not only unsightly, but also dangerous to wildlife.

As Dahlin filled her bags with litter, children watched her, and by the time she left that area, they had gotten their own bags to help them. Maybe helping nature is contagious!

These two young people are the very ones who will be most affected by the contempt of some adults for the Earth.

Dahlin was also helped by Bill Moran and Diane Clark of Greystone Nature Reserve. Beannie, Greystone’s mascot dog, considered himself Westfield’s foster dog for anyone enjoying the beach that day.

Bill Moran, Beannie, Christina Dahlin.

The Great Lakes Beach sweep is sponsored by the Center for Marine Conservation, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protecting ocean environments and marine life.

Through science-based advocacy, research and public education, CMC informs, inspires and empowers people to speak up and take action for the oceans. All litter collected during a Great Lakes beach sweep is logged and sent to CMC for analysis. Polluters are tracked down and confronted.

The public is informed of the amount of waste that is pouring into the oceans. Rachael Mayou, an environmental science graduate, helped sort the beach trash and was “surprised by all the little things people don’t think about and leave on the beach”.

The Greystone Nature Preserve is a non-profit environmental education facility that provides experiential environmental education to community members of all ages and ability levels. For more information, please contact Diane Clark at Greystone.

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