Keep America Beautiful Applauds Passage of Save Our Seas Act

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:37 pm | Updated: 8:42 pm, Tue Jul 31, 2018.

STAMFORD, Conn. -- National community improvement nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, as a founding member of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance, applauds the passage of the S. 756 Save Our Seas Act in a bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 25.

The SOS Act is an important step in the reauthorization of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program, which is the U.S. government’s foray into tackling the problem of ocean plastic waste, 80 percent of which comes from land. The bill requires NOAA to work with other land- and sea-based sources of marine debris and the State Department to promote international action to address the marine debris issue.

Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, issued this statement in response to the passage of the SOS Act:

"As a founding member of the Trash Free Seas Alliance and partner of the Ocean Conservancy, Keep America Beautiful will continue engaging public and private stakeholders through our national network of community-based affiliates to help eliminate plastic and other litter, with the goal of keeping our land and bodies of water beautiful. The passage of the SOS Act reinforces the relevancy of the work done by Keep America Beautiful and our Trash Free Seas Alliance partners to address the global concern of ocean plastics. During our 65-year history, Keep America Beautiful has worked to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities.

"We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. Much of the current discussion about marine debris concerns the reduction and prevention of plastics reaching the oceans. Keep America Beautiful, with our more than 600-member affiliate network, millions of volunteers, and our Trash Free Seas Alliance partner organizations, is uniquely positioned to provide tools and resources to change littering behavior at the grassroots level."

SOURCE: Keep America Beautiful

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