With Earth Day just around the corner, there is no better time to be inspired to act to save the planet. Two organizations that are inspiring the world to take action and clean our oceans are Take3 and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.

The mission of Take3 is to have every individual who visits the beach to pick up at least three pieces of plastic from the shore and recycle it. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii has made it their goal to educate the public about the dangers of plastic pollution and conduct community coastal cleanups. After watching the above video of sand being sifted and leaving behind mounds of plastic debris, we can see that organizations like these are very valuable in the fight to save our planet.

Every year we dump a total of 8.8 million tons of plastic into the world’s oceans, all of which can take thousands of years to break down. Sadly, plastic poses a serious threat to the marine species as its estimated over 700 are in danger of extinction due to entanglement, ingestion, and pollution.

This fact paired with the very clear proof of our negligence in the video above illustrate how desperately we need to make a change. The good news is we can all lower the impact of plastic on the world by simply reducing our own consumption – the best way to stop waste is at the source! To learn more about how you can start today, join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.