The problem of ocean plastic pollution is coming into the ever-sharper focus of public attention, with images of vast floating plastic rafts and injured fish and mammals shocking the nation. Many of us may be wondering what we can do to help. Well you need wonder no more, this April there is the perfect opportunity to get involved with the Big Spring Beach Clean 2018…
Coastal rambles are one of the joys of walking and we are particularly lucky in the UK, with the coast being within each-reach of most of the population. If we want to enjoy this pleasure for decades to come, then it is clear that the issue of plastic pollution needs to be tackled quickly. The recent explosion of awareness and action around the issue of ocean plastic pollution was powerfully demonstrated by the recent Blue Planet II series. Nicknamed the ’Attenborough Effect’, the series shone an all-encompassing light on the threat that plastic poses to our oceans.
With over a quarter of a billion metric tonnes of plastic pollution floating in our oceans and over 5,000 items of litter on every mile of the UK’s coast, the time to act is now to reduce and wash away our collective plastic footprint from our beaches. This is where we can all play our part.
Taking place between 7th and 15th of April 2018, the Big Spring Beach Clean (BSBC) is organised by Surfers Against Sewage and is the largest and most effective volunteer beach cleaning project in the UK, if not Europe. Since 2010 over 39,000 people have taken part at more than 1,200 events across the UK.
Surfers Against Sewage’ Head of Community and Engagement, Dom Ferris said: “We know that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. We know that millions of animals are dying because of this. We know that plastic is literally suffocating our oceans. Yet, despite this, there is hope and nowhere can that be better felt than on our beaches each spring amongst the tens of thousands of people who have donated their precious time to protect what they love.”
To find your nearest event or to find out how to lead your own clean, simply visit the Surfers Against Sewage website.
If you join one of the events already planned, it is just a case of turning up at the designated time and place to join in with the clean-up – it couldn’t be more simple.
You may also like to check out the map of iFootpath coastal walks.
8 March 2018