his weekend marks the return of the Great British Beach Clean. Last year the campaign saw 364 beaches around the UK being cleaned by around 6,000 volunteers. In Wales alone, the 2016 event involved over 400 people participating in clean-up events.
The UK’s marine wildlife is under threat due to the waste and litter in our seas. Hundreds of species are now accidentally eating litter or becoming tangled in it, which are real risks to their survival. Not only that, but people are also at risk. Not long ago I was walking at the Knapp in Barry and found disused syringes on the pebbles. Nobody wants that risk when taking small children to the beach. Other waste also has an impact on tourism and fishing industries – including straws, plastic bottles, and carrier bags.
You are invited to join in the efforts to clean up our beaches and make them a better environment for people and wildlife. Unfortunately, there are no events planned for the Newport coastline, but here are details of nearby events:
Beach: Cold Knap Beach
Date & time: Sunday, 17 September 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Meeting location: On the beach, opposite the public toilet building
Date & time: Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Meeting location: On Ogmore beach in front of the Lifeguard Station
Beach: Sandy Bay, Wales
Date & time: Monday, 18 September 2017 - 10:45am - 1:00pm
Meeting location: Rhych Point Lifeguard Station 10.45am
Last year 268,384 individual pieces of litter were collected over one weekend so the event makes a real difference. You can read more about the Great British Beach Clean and register to help at a clean-up by visiting the website.
If you can’t make one of these events but still want to do your bit to protect our coastlines there are plenty of campaigns to get involved in.
This campaign is easy to get involved in. You simply take three pieces of rubbish away with you when you visit the beach or other waterways. If everybody did this it would have an incredible impact on the environment. Small individual actions such as this can actually have amazing results.
Next time you visit a beach, the canal, or anywhere really, just pick up three bits of litter. Avoid anything gross, or potentially dangerous, but you can easily pick up a discarded straw or crisp packet.
There is currently a big movement across the web to reduce plastic usage. Living completely without plastic is a tall order in a world of convenience, but there are small changes you can make to reduce your plastic footprint. You can make a positive change today by just saying no to single-use straws.
It is estimated that every day the UK & USA use around 550 million plastic straws. These straws will take 200 years to biodegrade. That means that every straw that has ever been made still exists in some form. That is massive.
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