A Cape-wide coalition that aims to reduce litter and protect the environment moved plans forward at a meeting held March 11, 2019. The second “CARE About a Clean Cape & Islands” summit brought together Cape leaders from all sectors engaged in environmental stewardship including businesses, nonprofits, and government officials from health, public works, and other departments. The summit was hosted by CARE for the Cape and Islands in collaboration with the Cape Cod Anti-Litter Coalition and the Center for Coastal Studies.
Brewster Recycling Commission Chair Meg Morris, president of the Cape Cod Anti-Litter Coalition, facilitated a working group at the summit focused on awareness and prevention. Brewster Select Board member Mary Chaffee also facilitated one of the summit's working groups. Brewster resident Teri Colgan, a CARE member, participated in the summit.
The coalition is launching a messaging campaign to inspire people to behave in ways that protect the environment. The Cape effort will be modeled on a successful campaign used at Lake Tahoe that combined creative (and often humorous) messaging with professional graphics to urge action to protect the lake and area forests.
The Cape summit participants opted to focus their efforts on five priorities initially:
- Carry in/carry out trash
- Single-use plastics
- Run-off/aquifer protection
- Dog waste
- Cigarette litter
CARE for the Cape and Islands can be followed at: www.facebook.com/CareForTheCapeAndIslands
Cape Cod Anti-Litter Coalition can be followed at: www.facebook.com/nocapelitter.org
Center for Coastal Studies can be followed at: www.facebook.com/coastalstudies