Cleaning Up Okinawa Beaches

21 Aug

As a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, Shane Stodghill performs such duties as drafting and tracking correspondence from state representative Chris Turner’s constituents and researching legislation relating to veterans’ issues. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in government, Shane Stodghill stays active in his community and as a former member of the United States Marine Corps. His extracurricular activities include participating in cleaning up the beaches of Okinawa, Japan.

A number of organizations, including OCEAN, Okinawa International Beach Club, and the United States Marine Corp participate in annual events to clean up the coastline in Okinawa. Organized coastal cleanup efforts represent an international challenge to remove debris from the world’s oceans.

In September of 2011, more than 30 Marines and sailors gathered at Konbu Beach in Uruma City, Okinawa. Volunteers attached to the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division spent several hours cleaning and removing 30 bags of garbage from the beach. While cleaning, the volunteers separated the debris into piles of plastic, metals, recyclables, and other materials. The beach cleanup crew selected Konbu Beach because it is located close to stables where Marines also volunteer.

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