BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On April 21, 30 students from Governor Livingston's Interact Club participated in the annual Clean Action Ocean environmental efforts to reduce pollution along the beaches of Sandy Hook State Park. The event is part of the annual Clean Action Ocean (COA) efforts to reduce debris along NJ coastlines.
According to COA's website, "The goal of the Beach Sweeps is to reduce and eliminate sources of litter. The Beach Sweeps events are more than people picking-up trash from beaches.This program builds community support for solutions, as well as raises awareness about the negative impacts of litter on wildlife and the ocean. Citizens learn about the types and quantities of debris found along the coast and the shorelines of rivers, lakes, and streams."
"Most importantly, the data collected during the Beach Sweeps turns a one-day event into a legacy of information to combat litter and other sources of pollution by identifying and monitoring trends. The information helps find solutions to keep beaches clean and healthy for citizens and marine life. Indeed, the data has been used to help create federal, state, and local programs and laws to reduce litter in the environment."
The day was a great success, with students collecting debris and recording their findings so that COA can track the sources of debris and hold responsible those corporations that violate environmental regulations. GL Interact members are committed to environmental concerns, and the lessons they learn through such local actions contribute to a life long awareness and commitment to community service and helping others.
The day was particularly special this year, as those students who attended the field trip event were able to "skip" Saturday school, a day added to the school calendar in order to make up missed classes due to an additional snow day. The weather was a perfect beginning to spring and a celebratory good-bye to winter.
Interact is Governor Livingston's largest club and its commitment to local and global service is a source of pride to all. New members are always welcome.