The advocacy for a clean ocean has been around since dumps were created. These two primary sources are from the Los Angeles Public Library. The first image below shows environmentalists in 1988 holding a sign that says “Malibu to New York – Clean up our ocean – Protect Respect all sea life”
The next image below was also taken in 1988. It displays a group of environmentalists that marched from PCH to Malibu Lagoon State Beach and to the Malibu Colony holding their banner that reads “Save Our Coast”
Great Lakes Action Plan:
Plastics and other liter have long been an issue for the world’s largest surface freshwater source and the areas surrounding it. This plan says that over the next five years (2014-2019) beach and watershed cleanups, research and education will be implemented to communities, businesses, and different levels of government to ensure everyone understands the threat of marine debris. This plan provides a road map for progress to see that the wildlife, people, and its coasts are free for marine debris. It follows a plan of increasing an understanding of the problem, including preventative actions, education and outreach, and collaborative efforts from different groups.
Changing your lifestyle and making wiser choices is always discussed as a way to help the environment. The famous Reduce, Reuse, Recycle has been taught to children since our generation can remember. One of the biggest choices that is recommended to help reduce the biggest waste contributor is to change your plastic usage to stainless steel water bottles and other non-plastic containers.
These methods alone are not going to help save the sea and the environment. With population levels rising every year, it is hard to engage everyone in these methods, especially countries where recycling isn’t possible or isn’t a first option.