During an international coastal cleanup, over 12 million pounds of trash was collected. This is the most trash that has ever been collected at once. These 12 million pounds collected is both negative and positive for us. The positive is that we have many dedicated organizations and people who are fighting to help our environment. The negative side of this is that there is so much trash in the ocean that this much was collected. “Ocean trash truly is a global problem that affects human health and safety, endangers marine wildlife, and costs states and nations countless millions in wasted resources and lost revenue,” said Andreas Merkl, Ocean Conservancy’s president and CEO. This amount of trash is really effecting us all. While swimming and boating is a fun leisurely activity, especially in Miami, it may even begin to become dangerous because of the amount of trash. The trash could fill 38 olympic size pools and weighs more than 800 African elephants.