I am an official beach clean organiser!
‘We have a responsibility, every one of us’ David Attenborough
I am still buzzing….My first organised Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean and Survey went well and I was so pleased to meet so many dedicated volunteers (over 40) who helped me to remove an awful lot of pieces of litter especially microplastics from the beach! Including a 25 year old Walkers crisp packet! It really shows that it is will never really disappear.
Right now an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truck load of rubbish a minute.
Travelling on ocean currents this plastic is now turning up in every corner of our planet – from Cornish beaches, to uninhabited Pacific islands. It is even being found trapped in Arctic ice.
Our oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup and the effects on ocean life are chilling. Big pieces of plastic are choking and entangling turtles and seabirds and tiny pieces are clogging the stomachs of creatures who mistake it for food, from tiny zooplankton to whales.
It’s not too late – if we act together now we can protect the world’s precious oceans for future generations.
Thank you everyone for attending and caring about our oceans.
I will be organising more cleanups from now on, so please keep an eye out for future events here!
thank you for the Marine Conservation Society for looking out for our seas & it’s wildlife! 🌊
Photo credit: Taz Ali EDP September 2018