Earth Day was April 22 in most places around the world it is only celebrated once a year.

But Cannon Beach is not most places. Residents celebrate Earth Day for 12 straight days with a variety of events designed to raise awareness about protecting the environment.

For one group of people in Cannon Beach, celebrating Earth Day means not just removing plastic debris from local beaches, but turning the nuisance and threat to the environment into an opportunity.

With assistance from the Cannon Beach Arts Association and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, people were invited to take marine debris collected from local beaches and turn trash into art. Each individual creation was then combined into a larger installation that will eventually be displayed as an example of what one small community can accomplish when they decide to turn Earth Day into something more.

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