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Annual #DontTrashLISound Campaign Aims to Reduce Plastic Pollution

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For the fifth consecutive year of the #DontTrashLISound social media campaign — organized by New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) with support from Long Island Sound Study (LISS); the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT; Save the Sound; and other groups — partners focus on hope for reducing plastic pollution in the estuary by highlighting positive steps people are taking to address the issue. 

Lisound donttrashlisound litterYou can help increase the campaign’s educational impact by sharing posts to your networks starting on August 16 through International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 18. 

“Plastic pollution is one of those issues that can easily feel overwhelming, but there is actually a great deal of good news to be shared,” said LISS Outreach Coordinator Jimena Perez-Viscasillas, a NYSG Cornell Cooperative Extension specialist based at Stony Brook University. “Our hope for this year’s campaign is to shed light on some of that exciting work being done here — and around the world — to encourage people to remain hopeful and proactive in their environmental stewardship.” 

Messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will inspire people to #DoOneThing to reduce plastic pollution in their communities. Success stories, local leaders, and marine debris prevention and cleanup efforts will shine a positive light on what is being done to combat this everyday issue. There are solutions and alternatives that Long Island communities can use to prevent the tons of plastic that enter Long Island Sound and harm our wildlife. 

The campaign kicked off with a cleanup event on August 16 in Connecticut. Followers can also take advantage of other in-person events this summer. 

  • August 30: Beach cleanup at Hallock State Park Preserve in Riverhead, NY with NYSG, LISS and Atlantic Marine Conservation Society. 
  • September 18: Join any local cleanup event held on International Coastal Cleanup Day to close out the campaign celebration.

The ultimate goal of this campaign is to inspire people to clean up trash on the beaches, avoid single-use plastics and reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the Sound. 

You can check out posts from the campaign using #DontTrashLISound on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. More information on the campaign can be found at www.DontTrashLISound.net.

Read the press NYSG release

NYSG, with offices at SBU, is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, and one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program. More at www.seagrant.sunysb.edu.

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