National Cleanup Day

September 16 is National Cleanup Day, which originated from the aspirations of a group of avid hikers determined to create a positive impact on their beloved trails. In Hawai‘i, as well as the rest of the world, it has become apparent that we need to increase our efforts to keep our trails and beaches clean for future generations. Windblown pollution and abandoned debris pose a grave threat to our precious environment and the creatures that call it home. Embrace the spirit of National Cleanup Day and lets work together to protect the natural wonders that make Hawai‘i so special.

Here are a few things you can do to take part in this year’s National Cleanup Day:

Attend a local cleanup event. Look for scheduled cleanup events in your community or nearby areas. Many organizations and environmental groups host cleanup initiatives on National Cleanup Day. Another option is to participate in our Adopt-A-Highway Program!

Organize your own cleanup. If you cant find a cleanup event in your area, take the initiative to organize one yourself! Rally friends, family and neighbors to come together for a cleanup day. Choose a local park, beach, hiking trail or any area in need of some extra attention.

Practice sustainable habits. National Cleanup Day is a reminder of the importance of long-term commitments to environmental stewardship. Make a personal goal to adopt sustainable habits, such as disposing waste properly and using reusable water bottles, bags, and utensils when possible to avoid single-use plastics. 

Support local environmental organizations. Consider donating to or volunteering for a local environmental organization with a mission that resonates with you. Many of Hawaii’s eco-focused non-profits work year-round to keep Hawai‘i clean and green. Your contributions play an important role in keeping these organizations up and running.

Educate others. Take the opportunity to educate your friends, family and colleagues about the significance of National Cleanup Day. Encourage them to participate in a cleanup event or make small changes in their daily lives to reduce waste and promote sustainability.

Sources: National Cleanup Day