It’s been forty eight years since the inaugural Earth Day and groups such as Save the Bay continue to support the mission to cleanup and protect our natural resources.

In Providence, volunteers came out Sunday to fight against marine debris and prevent trash from entering our waterways.

Dozens scoured the shoreline at Fields Point with trash bag in hand, picking up plastic and other items that might harm wildlife.

This was just one of several cleanups organized by Save the Bay in several communities across Rhode Island on and around Earth Day.

Last year, nearly five hundred volunteers collected almost eight thousand pounds of trash and debris from shorelines in the state, according to Save the Bay.

If you missed Sunday’s cleanup, there’s still time to signup for several more cleanups happening next weekend.

You can learn more about it on Save the Bay’s website.