Meet Cleanup Crew Member: Joe

by 4Ocean Team January 09, 2018 19 Comments

Meet Cleanup Crew Member: Joe

1. Why did you want to join the 4Ocean Cleanup Crew?

Through my ocean conservation career, I've watched this mounting problem of ocean plastic and marine debris and knew I wanted to work to directly make an impact on this crisis. When I learned of 4Ocean and their dedication to this mission of becoming a world leader in removing plastic and marine debris from our ocean I knew it was where I wanted to continue my career.

2. What’s your favorite part of being a part of the 4Ocean team?

Being a part of the dedicated and passionate team and being able to be out not only cleaning our ocean but educating the public as well.

3. What’s the most interesting piece of trash you’ve found?

There have been many but I guess the strangest would have to be a single 12-inch stiletto high heel. 

 

 

4. What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Most people don't know that I started the first "Save the Earth" club in my hometown as a 3rd grader.

5. If you had the choice, what Limited Edition 4Ocean Bracelet would you create next and why?

I would create a Marine Animal Awareness bracelet. To help bring awareness and action to our many endangered and threatened marine species such as sea turtles.  

6. Have you learned anything new by being a part of the cleanup crew?

I've learned how big this crisis truly is and that it is right in our own backyard. 

7. What advice would you give to someone who wants to help make a difference?

The most important advice I can give is to never believe that one person cannot make a difference. A few easy ways to start are: 

  1. Say no to single-use plastic
  2. Skip the plastic straw
  3. Volunteer at ocean/beach cleanup events 


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Kathleen Peck
Kathleen Peck

January 17, 2018

Thank you for your work and dedication to support the ocean and creatures that live there. I live in Washington State and will certainly do my part in helping to “pull a pound” of trash. Thank you Joe

Dominique Palomarez
Dominique Palomarez

January 16, 2018

I think the idea of an endangered marine life bracelet is a great idea. People don’t ever really consider the harm their trash can cause. By highlighting endangered species on the 4Ocean bracelet it would help bring additional awareness.

LaLa
LaLa

January 16, 2018

You never know when that one piece of fishing line and hook or whatever junk is floating around could be that piece that could have ended up hurting one of the beautiful wild life of the sea. High five to you!
I live at the beach and walk early in the mornings picking up trash that has washed up. Its a small task that brings joy to me and hoping I too can save a life. I do get smiles from vacationers walking by.

Kim
Kim

January 16, 2018

Thank you Joe for all you are doing. It people like you that give me hope for the future of our beautiful planet.
I hope this year to take part in our local beach cleans here in Dorset/UK.

Yara
Yara

January 15, 2018

Living in Asia it is a shock to see the amount of trash in our oceans & beaches. My husband & I are beach lovers and every time we go to beach -where we live or another country we collect trash! Sometimes people approach us and say “great job” but they never help us! Cleaning our beaches & oceans is a human being responsibility ! Everyone should engage this task! And also avoiding throwing trash in our seas!

Yara
Yara

January 15, 2018

Living in Asia is AstroNomic My husband and I are beach lovers. We go every single weekend to the beach.

Waneta McKemie
Waneta McKemie

January 15, 2018

Thank you so much for cleaning up the debris in the ocean. Your caring and effort are very appreciated

Ashley
Ashley

January 15, 2018

I think this is such an awesome thing you all are doing for our oceans!! I’ve done tons of research on where it goes and it is so crazy! This is definitely the right step to take! keeping the oceans and environment in general more clean and SAFE!

sharon bowen
sharon bowen

January 15, 2018

Hi folks – what a tremendous job you have ahead, especially educating people. I have done a little by buying 2 bracelets and ensuring i dont dump rubbish but I know its the tip of the iceberg. Every government in every city worldwide needs to get behind this. Good luck

Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper

January 15, 2018

What a great story Joe! I plan to join the next clean up as well. You’re right, we all can make a difference and I can’t wait to help 4Ocean and make my difference.
Baolin Su ( Gloria )
Baolin Su ( Gloria )

January 15, 2018

I saw a video from Facebook about 4Ocean. I purchased the bracelets. I feel the ideas are very awesome and meaningful. I would love to join the movement. Helping to clean up the beaches.

Pamela Wells
Pamela Wells

January 15, 2018

4Ocean bracelets were purchased for my grandkids who love the beach. They are surfers/boogie boarders and the little ones just love playing in the waves. Finally, I joined and contribute monthly to your efforts. It is very important we protect our natural resources. Thank you for all you do.

Carol
Carol

January 15, 2018

Many thanks to you, Joe, and your teammates for your hard work!

Jan Young
Jan Young

January 15, 2018

Every time my husband and I go to the beach with our dogs we pick up a bag load of plastic and other rubbish. Cotton bud sticks, toothbrushes, lighters, old fishing line (grrrrr), bottles and bottle tops, ring pulls….the list is endless. When will people learn?

Veronica Flueck
Veronica Flueck

January 15, 2018

As I live in a land locked country, the only way in which I can help our Planet is by using as little plastic as possible when I go shopping. Also sorting things which are recycleable and only putting the real rubbish to the trash. I also wear my bracelet with pride all the time.. YOU ARE ALL DOING A BRILLIANT JOB.

Sandra
Sandra

January 15, 2018

Good for us all !!!!! We should teach at home and schools how to keep our world cleaner and thus become a safer place to live!!!!!

Lonna
Lonna

January 15, 2018

Ocean cleanup starts with our rivers. We need reminders to keep them plastic free so they don’t run into the icean.

Patricia Shank
Patricia Shank

January 15, 2018

Thank you for all you do for the ocean ?

Glenda Tuerck
Glenda Tuerck

January 15, 2018

I would love to help clean our beaches.

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