Picture yourself on the beach. The sun is shining. The waves are crashing. You run your hands through the sand and feel… a plastic bag, old cigarette butts, a few straws, and tangled soda can rings. Not an ideal day at the beach, huh?
Beach litter is gross, and harmful to the Great Lakes. And, 86% of litter on Great Lakes beaches is plastic. Plastic pollution on our beaches doesn’t go away. Instead it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces in our water.
Singer and songwriter Jack Johnson wants to do something about it — with your help! If you donate $10 or more today, Jack Johnson will match it dollar for dollar. But the Alliance for the Great Lakes only receives the match if they raise a total of $2,500! Help us meet the match and keep the Great Lakes plastic free by donating today.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes was founded by Lee Botts when he and a group of advocates formed the Lake Michigan Federation in 1970. The Federation was instrumental in many of the early Great Lakes protection campaigns. Each Great Lake depends on the health of the others. And, in the early 2000s, the organization’s staff and Board of Directors began contemplating how to expand focus beyond just Lake Michigan. The Lake Michigan Federation was renamed the Alliance for the Great Lakes in 2006. Along with the name change came an expanded vision: to protect and restore the Great Lakes for people and wildlife, forever.
For more information or to take the Plastic-Free Great Lakes Pledge, visit GreatLakes.org.