WHAT: As part of its commitment to aid in ocean conservation, the 2021 Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show is hosting a Pre-Show Beach Cleanup in partnership with The Clean Earth Project on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park. All ages are welcome to be part of this community effort to keep local coastlines clean and make a positive environmental impact. Contactless beach clean-up tools will be provided to all volunteers to help take the “dirty work” out of picking up litter and allow for an enjoyable and successful cleanup.
Pre-Show Beach Cleanup volunteers can continue the clean coastal fun at the 2021 Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show, September 23-26, 2021 at Norwalk Cove Marina. The Boat Show’s new Conservation Village features Clean Earth Project’s interactive beach cleanup exhibit; the first annual Norwalk Says No to Plastic Clean Water Contest,whereNorwalk School District elementary and middle schools are invited to compete to create a project that shows how reducing plastic will help protect our water resources; the latest innovations from CT Electric Boat Company; and more. Plus, the Boat Show continues its commitment to conservation with new recycling stations and a reduction in single-use plastics including the elimination of plastic straws.
COASTAL CLEANUP BY THE NUMBERS
- Approximately 4 billion pounds of trash per years enters the ocean.
- The average person uses 167 single use plastic water bottles per year.
- The average American produces about 2,072 pounds of trash per year. About the weight of a leatherback sea turtle!
- Six out of the seven species of sea turtles that live in our oceans are threatened or endangered: loggerhead, leatherback, green turtle, hawksbill, kemp’s ridley and olive ridley.
- Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish each year.
PRE-SHOW BEACH CLEANUP DETAILS