Subconsciously we’ve been doing beach cleanups for years – perhaps fuelled by a childhood fascination with ‘flotsam and jetsam’. Here we are today, still scooping up those beer can rings, washed up plastic bags, old hats, fishing gear, lego, and any other bits and bobs that have been left on the beaches or accidentally washed into the sea.
Some days we only need to put a few bits in our pockets. Other days we fill a bag. Occasionally we need to call in help to move something large up the beach.
Usually as first on the beach each morning we get first dibs on the rubbish that has floated in overnight. Each and every sunrise we capture is framed against the backdrop of a beautiful sandy beach and Cornish horizon. We acknowledge that we directly benefit from this natural beauty and categorically do not take it for granted!
We are thrilled by all the initiatives that now take place, and formally recognise and support the dedicated efforts the likes of SAS (Surfers Against Sewage) bring to our seas. It’s such a worthwhile cause with broad reaching goals for the good of our beaches and oceans.
Our action in this area is forming, and we acknowledge there is both more we can do, and more we wish to support going forward.
Try and fill a bag next time you’re at the beach, get the kids involved (they may even get a Blue Peter Badge for it). Here are some helpful links to organised initiatives: