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Marine Debris Supports Plastic Pollution Education at REThink!

MAY 18, 2018 — On May 12, the Marine Debris Program’s Pacific Northwest Coordinator, Nir Barnea, joined Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary staff in the REthink! community event in Port Angeles, WA, to highlight the Plastic Pollution Education and Outreach Project.

Two women standing behind a display table.
Christine VanDeen (left) and Kathleen McKeegan, AmeriCorps volunteers with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, with marine debris information material at the REThink! Fair. Image credit: NOAA.

The REThink! Fair, a partnership between NOAA, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Clallam County Waste Prevention Program, and the North Olympic Library System, included numerous activities promoting environmental stewardship and positive practices.

The Plastic Pollution Education and Outreach Project, supported in part by the Marine Debris Program and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, engages Franklin Elementary School students and the North Olympic Library System main branch to provide marine debris awareness and plastic pollution education and outreach. During the REThink! Fair, project staff discussed with visitors marine debris reduction options, and distributed marine debris educational material and reusable bags. Over the course of the project, the library will host a plastic pollution information center created by the participating students, and distribute reusable bags with an informational fact sheet on marine debris and best practices to reduce plastic pollution.

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