The sound of chatter filled the air on a quiet spring morning in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as people greeted one another, wearing rubber boots and distributing gloves, buckets and knives among the crowd.
Gathered at a suburban revolving event on the morning of April 22, volunteers filled bags with trash bags in preparation for the 2022 Earth Day Beach Cleanup. Laura Ludwig of the Center for Coastal Studies organized the event and gave a safety briefing before the cleanup crew dispersed aboard. rocks, excited to get started.
Image description; impression: A group of 10 people, wearing winter hats and jackets, gathered around a silver pick-up truck. On the bed of the truck, a woman, wearing maroon pants and a gray sweater, distributes black garbage bags to people.
Image description; impression: Eleven empty plastic buckets on the ground. Most are white with black and red lettering; one is black, and the other is blue. Some have blue paint peeling off around the rims.
Image description; impression: A group of five walked across the cobblestone causeway heading away from the beach. In front of the group, another group of five could be seen further along the wall. People are wearing brightly colored jackets with winter hats. Everyone brought a plastic bucket. The rocks are pale brown on top of the walls and dark brown with seaweed alongside – the tide line. On both sides of the wall was water, and in the distance was a yellow sand beach and a small white lighthouse with a black roof.
Image description; impression: A man wearing blue jeans, a yellow raincoat, gray gardening gloves and a light gray wide-brimmed hat fumbled through a bush of green and brown twigs. In his left hand he holds a white plastic bucket. Behind him a woman wearing a pink jacket and black baseball cap stood and looked at the bushes on the ground.
Image description; impression: A group of six people stood talking on the hay-covered ground, while a woman with curly brown hair wearing a black overall, pink long-sleeved shirt and brown rubber boots used a white plastic bucket to squeeze the contents of a red plastic barrel. . Behind them, a man in blue jeans and a red shirt walked through the green and gray bushes holding a white plastic bucket.
Image description; impression: Piles of garbage strewn on the beach. There is a gray plastic bucket with a clear plastic water bottle, a red plastic tub and a white plastic bag inside. Next to the gray bucket sits a white plastic bucket with pieces of blue and beige fishing line inside. Behind the bucket was a black garbage bag filled with small holes on the sides, and behind the bag was a wooden plank and some yellow material.
Image description; impression: A teenage boy wearing a beige baseball cap, light gray sweater, beige trousers, and blue gloves walks through the bushes. On his sweater were the words “walls are meant for climbing.” In his left hand, held over his shoulder, he carried a black wetsuit. Behind him was a pile of trash, and on the floor beside him was a white plastic bucket.
Image description; impression: A white plastic bucket with blue paint peeling off the edges was placed on the ground like straw. Protruding from the top of the bucket was a piece of thin yellow cord and a blue mesh bag. Behind the bucket someone stood and carried a large white garbage bag looking at the ground.
Fiona Skeggs is a graduate student in science and environmental journalism at Medill. You can follow him on Twitter at @fiona_skeggs.