Volunteer Testimonial February 2019

The Mardi Gras Epiphany

“Last year, Mobile Baykeeper started the Litter-Free Mardi Gras campaign, and it was the most substantial volunteer opportunity I have experienced. This campaign allowed me to see first hand the impact Mardi Gras has on our local waterways.”

-an excerpt from “The Mardi Gras Epiphany” by Boris Kresevljak, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Member, Volunteer Engagement Program

Justine Herlihy and Boris Kresevljak loading boats into One Mile Creek at Alabama Coastal Cleanup.

Justine Herlihy and Boris Kresevljak loading boats into One Mile Creek at Alabama Coastal Cleanup.

We all love Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast, and I am no exception. This celebration had humble beginnings in Mobile, AL , but it has grown into an extravagant event. Thousands of people partake in Mardi Gras every year, and many of those people do not realize their revelry might cause a negative impact on the environment. Numerous beads and various other throws left on the ground end up going down our storm drains due to the massive downpours that are common to our area. Last year, Mobile Baykeeper started the Litter-Free Mardi Gras campaign, and it was the most substantial volunteer opportunity I have experienced. This campaign allowed me to see first hand the impact Mardi Gras has on our local waterways. It also gave me the opportunity to make a difference in my community.

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Mobile Baykeeper gives locals, like you and me, the option to clean up a local waterway after Mardi Gras, and I think it is a beautiful campaign that aids in creating a healthy community. People should enjoy the celebration of Mardi Gras in Mobile, and we all should have a responsible attitude toward the effect we are having on the environment. By making strides for clean water, Mobile Baykeeper and our thousands of volunteers are promoting a sustainable future for us and future generations.

Mobile Baykeeper has many opportunities to volunteer and make a difference of your own. Check out the next cleanup, roundup, or event by following us on social media.