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Mystic Aquarium Reaches Cleanup Goal for 2019

Sets the Stage for Countdown to 50th Anniversary of Earth Day & 2020 Goals

Mystic, Conn. (October 22, 2019): Today, Tuesday, October 22, Mystic Aquarium is proud to join thousands of partners in the Earth Day Network in launching the six-month countdown to the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Mystic Aquarium marks the launch with a milestone of its own. Through its Ocean Ambassadors program, Mystic Aquarium engaged thousands of conservation-minded individuals in cleanups around the region.

“Collectively we removed over 1,000 lbs. of litter and debris from our coast in 2019; allowing us to reach the goal that we set for the year,” said Kelly Matis, Vice President of Education & Conservation for Mystic Aquarium. “We are grateful for participation from individuals and families who share the same desire to care for our ocean planet.”

Mystic Aquarium cleanup sites this summer included Connecticut locations at Lighthouse Point in New Haven, Calf Pasture in Norwalk, Waterford Town Beach in Waterford, Byram Park in Greenwich and Bluff Point State Park in Groton as well as Rhode Island locations at Napatree Point in Westerly and Surfer’s End in Middletown. The Ocean Ambassador’s coastal cleanup series culminated with the Mystic-Wide Cleanup earlier this month.

The annual Mystic Wide Cleanup will be a focal point of the golden anniversary of Earth Day for the greater Mystic community.

During the countdown, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will work together to encourage broad participation from area businesses and organizations to support activities during the week of April 18-26, 2020. Olde Mistick Village, Clean Up Sound and Harbors (CUSH) and Pine Point School have also pledged their support of Earth Day 2020.

The events, which will be announced in detail in the coming months, will engage a host of like-minded community partners as well as the general public in support of habitat restoration, conservation and overall collective action.

The first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.  Earth Day Network reports that today more than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The urgency has never been greater and the stakes have never been higher. As Earth Day reaches its milestone 50th Anniversary in April 2020, nature and the environment face enormous challenges from loss of biodiversity, pollution, degradation of our ecosystems and climate change. For many reasons, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day will mark a pivotal year for our planet.

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