Marine litter is human-created waste that has been discharged into the coastal or marine environment. Most of it is plastic, and it is one of the most pressing global environmental challenges impacting the planet.
Marine litter is not only ugly – it can harm ocean ecosystems, wildlife, and humans. The amount of plastic waste entering the ocean from land each year exceeds 4.8 million tons. And because plastic takes a long time to degrade, the issue only multiplies as the litter increases.
One way coastal communities respond to this challenge is through the civic environmental stewardship practice of volunteer beach cleanups. Beach cleanups can reduce litter, protect our ocean, and raise awareness about litter and plastic pollution.
What it does
I created a website to raise awareness, enable people to organize beach cleanups, and contact organizations working to make this happen at a global scale.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Learning front end and CSS animations and having them coordinate with one another in terms of timing and interactivity and how it shows up was challenging! While it left less time to work on more functionality, but I thought it important to learn how to use website design to tell a story.
There were also files too big for github to take in for the 3D graphic assets, so I had to zip the folder.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Created a website and thought about how to design one where website design aids the message and helps tell a story. Also used geolocation api, leaflet, and openstreetmap for the first time!!!
What we learned
Lots of animation in 2d and 3d, connecting front end to a map, and in retrospect how to structure website better.
What's next for Clean Up The Beach
Porting it to node to have a better back end to facilitate organizing events! Deploying it so that anyone can navigate the entire website and play the game—
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