We first “met” Ann McElhatton when she wrote about UBB a few months ago on her blog-Beach Chair Scientist. She celebrated World Oceans Day by joining our United By Blue and Sperry Top-Sider cleanup in Annapolis. We love meeting fellow ocean and blue movement advocates!
How did you hear about United By Blue?
I found out about United By Blue when I was researching ‘green’ (or in your case ‘blue’) companies I wanted to recommend to my Beach Chair Scientist followers.
How often do you volunteer?
I’d say it averages out to once a season. Maybe more so in the spring and warmer months. I wish I could more often, but finding the time with a full-time job and a family (including a toddler) can be a challenge. But, soon enough I look forward to teaching my daughter the importance of giving back.
What made you want to help out at our cleanup?
It was World Oceans Day and I wanted to participate in an event where I would be able to see a direct and immediate impact outside in my favorite setting of the wetlands and estuaries.
What was your favorite part of the cleanup?
My favorite part of the clean-up is difficult to nail down. I was so impressed with the UBB staff, everyone was incredibly friendly and appreciative of each volunteer. Also, the way the the ocean stewardship message was carried throughout the clean-up event made for a particularly all-encompassing experience for participants.
I’m a nut over fun messaging with an impact and just about jumped for joy when they starting handing out ‘blue marbles’ at the end! Lastly, I thought engaging the entire group with games and contests was very clever. Although, it would have been an all-around better event if my strange find (the nerf gun) had won the contest! Next time!
Any tips, tricks, or advice for people thinking of coming to a UBB cleanup?
I’d say ‘Don’t hesitate’. These folks know what they’re doing and do it well. You’ll leave with a feeling that you’ve made a positive impact on the environment while having had a great deal of fun!