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To address the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, we are looking to sources of single-use plastic in our community. By teaching restaurants ocean-friendly practices, we are able to increase awareness, drive change in behavior, and create a scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint. This project is a major focus for us in winter 2018!

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Ocean-Friendly Gardens are a solution to water pollution.  By contouring landscapes for rainwater retention; creating living soil to sponge up water, filter pollution, and sequester carbon; installing climate-appropriate plants, and more we can prevent contaminated water and fight climate change in our own backyards.

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Our Plastic Pollution project focuses on cleaning up our beaches and waterways. We hold regular beach and marsh sweeps for the public, but also help other organizations host their own cleanups with little effort on their part. By sharing our knowledge and resources, and collecting data during our cleanups, we multiply our effect on Charleston’s pollution.

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This Rise Above Plastics project focuses on educating our community.  By building community connections and attending community events we are able to have a positive relationship with our neighbors and a voice to promote environmentally-friendly behaviors in Charleston.

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Cigarette Butts are by far the most common pollution found in Charleston. They are also the most common litter in the world and besides containing plastics, cigarettes leach chemicals into our waterways.  It is essential that we address smoking-related litter in our city in the coming months.

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Our Ocean Protection project focuses on advocating for legislation that will protect our oceans. We have fought against off-shore drilling and for local plastic bag and foam container bangs. So far Mt Pleasant, IOP, and Folly Beach have passed bag bans with the help of our dedicated members.

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