In the wake of the winter storms that have been battering the UK, Surfers Against Sewage is calling on coastal communities across the country to volunteer to organise SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans on 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st March to help tackle the marine litter crisis.
Relentless storms have brought with them severe flooding, continuous sewage discharges and extreme coastal erosion. They have also revealed the shocking scale of the marine litter crisis our oceans and beaches are facing. Coastal communities have found their beaches resembling catastrophic scenes left by tornadoes or hurricanes, thick, multi-coloured layers of marine litter cover the sand as far as the eye can see. Cotton bud sticks, shipping crates, carrier bags, water bottles, fishing netting, cigarette butts, mermaid’s tears – the vast majority of it plastics.
The response of coastal communities to this crisis has been truly inspiring and we are now asking them to unite for the biggest ever Big Spring Beach Clean to deliver at least 150 beach cleans involving 3000 volunteers spanning all UK coastal counties and removing a minimum of 10 tonnes of debris from our precious coastline.
So step forward, roll your sleeves up and volunteer to organise a Big Spring Beach Clean this March the 28th – 31st. Just email [email protected] or check out http://www.sas.org.uk/news/sas-news/big-spring-beach-clean-2014/
Marine litter isn't just an unsightly and hazardous mess of brightly coloured objects that people have to contend with on a family trip to the beach. It is thought that marine litter causes a reduction in fish and marine mammal populations through higher mortality rates from wounds caused by litter, starvation due to blockages in the digestive systems and entanglement, and impaired reproductive capacity due to toxins such as parabens. Micro-plastics in particular concentrate organic pollutants such as PCBs, enabling them to enter the food web and bio-accumulate, reaching levels of toxicity thousands of times higher than the water around them. Miniature toxic time bombs poised to enter the food chain and work their way up to humans.
Surfers Against Sewage is more active than ever before in responding to the marine litter crisis through its innovative & award-winning campaigns and the imminent announcement of an ambitious 5-year action plan. A plan that will include the 2014 publication of a ground-breaking Marine Litter Report, exploring the scale and causes of the marine litter crisis and the announcement of SAS’s 2020 marine litter reduction targets.
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