Source to Sea Cleanup

October 2, 2021

In a year wracked with uncertainty, one thing was consistent – LITTER.

In our first annual Essex 3 Villages Source to Sea Cleanup, we strove to clean up litter to prevent toxic microplastics and microfibers from entering our waterways.

In a year of social isolation, economic upheaval, and environmental disaster, our community was craving a way to make a difference. Over 50 volunteers came together to make this event a success.

We needed community. We longed for social interactions with like-minded people (Outside! With Strangers!). We came as individuals and families, all sharing our dedication to preserving the Earth for future generations. We were inspired by what we could do in a short amount of time, while astonished by the scope of the litter problem and how much more there is to do.

What kind of legacy are we leaving behind? One of empty bottles, food wrappers, and cigarette butts? Or a beautified walkway and waterway thriving with native plants, animals, and fish?

Thank you, volunteers, for your help on this day, as well as our generous financial sponsors.