Always a good way to spend a day…
Saturday the 29th of November marks a double celebration for the BeachCare clean volunteer groups; the 50th Fistral Beach Clean which coincides with the 500th beach clean for Keep Britain’s Tidy’s BeachCare program across Devon & Cornwall. A fantastic and stirling effort by everyone involved.
Neil Hembrow, BeachCare Officer for the South West commented: ‘The efforts of the beach clean group are truly inspiring. Their work on the beach and particularly in the dunes have shown that volunteers can make a tremendous positive impact on their local area. This group have taken it upon themselves to take action and protect what they love – Fistral Beach.’
This is what we have achieved;
Number of bags removed – 441
Most bags – 21 – February 2011
Number of Volunteer hours – 1726
Approximate amount of waste collected – 6.6 tonnes – of which 5.9 tonnes is plastic
We have removed the equivalent of a double decker bus in weight of litter from Fistral Beach over the last four years.
As a surfer and beach lover I see these beach cleans as a way of giving a little something back. I have been fortunate enough to have only missed about seven or eight of the cleans.
Here is inkydeep’s blog post about the very first Fistral Beach clean http://www.inkydeep.com/2010/10/a-good-way-to-spend-a-saturday-morning/
Appreciate and protect what we love.
Today will see the 42nd Fistral Beach Clean kicking off at South Fistral beach at 10:15. This monthly beach clean is run under Keep Britain Tidy’s BeachCare programme. I am proud to have been there at the start and to have missed just five of the cleans. It is my way of giving a little something back and protecting what I love.
In April 2012 I wrote a blog post titled “Protecting what we love“, the following is from that post;
“If we value our waves and beaches then we all have a part to play in preventing and removing the marine litter and rubbish from our beaches. These are responsibilities of all who use our beaches and oceans; whether as a surfer or as someone who simply enjoys feeling sand between their toes.
As surfers we can lead the way and maybe others will take note of our actions and follow our example. So why not at the end of your surf session when you are walking up the beach, stop and collect a handful of rubbish and ditch it into the nearest bin? Just think what a powerful message and example that would be.”
I recently received an email highlighting a great infographic (published on the Education Database Online blog) on the subject of plastic recycling, or actually the lack of recycling. The infographic highlights the detrimental effects of plastic and how recycling can make a difference.
From the EDO blog post; “In today’s consumer world, plastic is everywhere—from plentiful stores of bottled water to disposable plasticware to the containers that hold our store-bought food. It seems like you can’t go out shopping without running into a good deal of plastic. And while this material is strong, reliable, and undoubtedly useful, we also may have way too much of the stuff that isn’t being reused. Recycling plastic uses much less energy than creating new plastic, and it conserves our valuable resources. Despite this, however, only about a third of our material that could be recycled actually is.
Among younger generations, the problem of our over consumption of plastic has been prevalent for as long as some can remember, and yet little has changed or progressed in alleviating the problem. Statistically, people in the Millennial generation (today’s high schoolers, college students, and young adults) are much less likely to properly recycle plastic and other materials than those in older generations.
If you’re of student or Millennial age, take a look at the following infographic—the reality is that younger generations need to start getting serious about recycling, or the future will be robbed of some very valuable resources.”
From Allison who created the graphic; “The primary goal with these pieces is to be able to make a connection between visualization and learning. In other words, our hope is to be able to create informative and interesting resources for the greater online community”.
A beach clean; a great way to give a little something back. The 21st Keep Britain Tidy Fistral Beach Clean takes place on Saturday 30 June.
From Andy Heald the beach clean coordinator;
“We are cleaning this Saturday June 30th at the summer start time of 9am. I’m very pleased to welcome back the new Mayor of Newquay for this month’s clean.
May’s clean followed a weather pattern of Easterly’s & South Easterly’s with a period of relatively calm seas. The period of high pressure and little swell meant that there was a lower amount of litter on the beach. So we entered the dunes – a popular spot to view the sunsets and relax.
For the 9 volunteers, what we found in the dunes, was shocking. Firstly a warning – if you enter barefoot in the dunes (bearing in mind that they are ‘fenced off’) there is copious amounts of broken glass underfoot. We proceeded to find beer cans, broken bottles, ‘burning materials’ -including the birch wood planted to prevent sand drift, narcotic instruments, narcotics and sleeping materials. So we carted it all away – 10 bags in total.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday – and please feel free to bring friends, dogs and children.”