Tuesday, October 27, 2015

If we wait...

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This year, I was so glad you celebrated the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup with us. Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve removed more than 200 million pounds of trash from beaches, waterways and underwater habitats around the world over the past thirty years. We certainly couldn’t have done it without you and we still need your help.

Today, your gift will have greater impact—it will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our Board of Directors. Time is running out though, be sure to make your donation beforeNovember 1st to have your gift matched.

Recently, we shared two stories about the impacts of ocean plastic on sea bird and sea turtle populations and the numbers were disturbing to say the least. Sixty percent of all seabird species have eaten plastic and that number is expected to reach 99 percent by 2050. And more than 50 percent of all sea turtles world-wide have eaten plastic.

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Our recent report, Stemming the Tide, revealed that 60 percent of plastic leakage into the ocean comes from just five countries—and the primary cause is a lack of capacity to properly manage waste. If we can make quick strides to implement proper waste management in those regions, we can reduce plastic pollution in the ocean by 45 percent!

If we wait, the total amount of plastic trash in the ocean could double within the next 10 years, and there could be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish.

Time is running out—donate now to have your gift matched. There is much more work to be done to prevent ocean trash and the threat to animals. Donate now—before November 1st—and the Board of Directors will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.

We’ve come a long way with your support. Now, the data is in and new solutions to eliminating ocean plastic are in sight—we need to keep the momentum going to make trash free seas a reality. The clock is ticking—donate now.

For the ocean,

Nicholas Mallos
Director, Trash Free Seas®
Ocean Conservancy




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