This week Avertec HQ has been busy on the beach of Bognor! Read all about our trip to the coast to clean up the community as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s beach clean initiative.
The Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean
Every year (for almost 30-years) the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has run a Great British Beach Clean initiative. People across the country are encouraged to head down to their local coastline and clean up at least 100m of the beach. Volunteers note down the items they find during the clean, from tiny pieces of plastic to discarded drinks cans. The data collected from the beach clean allows MCS to track and source the origin of these polluters to campaign for change. The plastic bag charge and the banning of microplastics in personal care products stemmed from the data found from coastline collections encouraged by MCS.
Why is it Important?
Pollution, particularly plastic, on our coastlines causes numerous issues for marine wildlife and human beings. Every year at least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans. Marine wildlife such as seabirds, whales, fishes, and turtles ingest or become entangled by plastic debris which inevitably causes severe injuries and deaths. Plastic pollution also impacts food safety, invisible plastics have been identified in tap water, beer, salt and in sea species caught for human consumption.
WWF, National Geographic, Plastic Pollution Coalition and Marine Conservation Society have some great resources available if you want to read more about the importance of reducing plastic consumption and pollution.
What We Did
To play our part in this important initiative some of the team from Avertec HQ headed down to Bognor Regis for the afternoon on Wednesday 22nd September to help clean up the beach. We spent an hour wandering the pebbled beach keeping an eye out for any piece of litter we could find. At the end of the clean, we had collected more litter than we had anticipated. Finding things like beer cans, plastic straws, plastic shards, cigarette butts, food wrappers, fishing rope and even a singular shoe & one sock. This list is not extensive of all of the items we found but highlights the commonalities of pollution that is often found on our beaches.