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What is a Beach Cleanup and why is it so important for mother nature and all its inhabitants
A Beach cleanup is a method of walking along the shore line and picking up trash along the way.
Use of gloves and trash pickers are recommended!
One of our Marine Life Conservation Projects includes Beach Cleanups!
Where does the trash come from?
Trash can come from all sides
- washed on to the beach from the ocean side
- people forgetting or
- deliberately leaving trash behind
- wildlife picking trash cans for food leftovers
- domesticated pets picking out food leftovers
- rain washes street trash into the ocean
- wind does the same
- rubbish gets dumped into rivers which end up in the ocean/beach
- Boats throw their rubbish over board
- People loosing trash due to strong wind
- Trash can get washed back into the Ocean after landing on the beach
Dangers to Wildlife
Unfortunately humans are not responsible enough towards our Wildlife! Wildlife often mistakes shiny or colored objects for berries, fruits, or grains.
Imagine you would swallow a piece of plastic which looks like a berry? So tempting! It will not digest and stays in your intestines filling you up slowly accumulating more and more of plastic particle. At some point you (the animal) will not be able to eat anymore as your stomach is filled up over time with all sorts of plastic and you’ll starve to death.
This happens not only on the beach with wildlife on land but also in the Ocean with Fish, Turtles, Whales, Dolphins and any other creature. Most rubbish is invisible to us Land animals because it floats below the surface.
Nowadays there is already 6x more plastic in the water than plankton. Broken down to such small pieces that our naked eye can’t see it!
So eating Fish is healthy isn’t it? At least that’s what the Medias are telling us to do!
Every fish we’ve found dead and dissected in the last 5 years had some sort of plastic or rubbish stuck in its intestines.
It’s not only that they’d just swallow the trash but they can also get entangled into your rubbish. Think Elastic bands from facemasks, strings, ropes, tamper evident cap rings, fishing lines etc.
Always remember that Wildlife does not have hands to remove the wrapped around the beak plastic ring. Try to remove a gag from your mouth without hands!
Apart from that, Human food is not food for wildlife, they might suffer from digestive problems, vomiting or it’ll be possibly toxic for wildlife.
Dangers to humans
Rubbish on the beach can not only harm wildlife but also humans.
Imagine you step into broken glass, barefoot or medical waste like syringes and needles.
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Consequently the toxins from the plastics have entered the food chain, threatening human health.
Beach Cleanups are part of our Marine Life Conservation Projects!
We humans produce such a huge amount of rubbish every single day, per person about 2.2 kg, which at first doesn’t sound that much but if we scale it up to the world population you’ll see!
2.2 kg x 8 billion people = 17.600.000.000 billion kg or 17.600.000 million metric tones of rubbish every single day! This makes 6.424.000.000 trillion metric tones per year. Truly astonishing numbers.
We humans already throw an estimated 8.100.000 Mio. tons of rubbish in the oceans every year!
Beach cleanups help to reduce the amount of Rubbish.
Also it usually isn’t done by just picking up the trash on a beach cleanup!
Sorting and recycling or even up-cycling is another part of a successful beach cleanup.
Here are some facts about plastic:
- Tons of plastic fragments like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles—are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. 10 tons in LA alone!
- Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
- 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
- We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce.
- It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. if it does at all…
So why are Beach Cleanups important?
- to protect wildlife
- to protect humans
- to prevent debris flowing back into the ocean
- to restore beaches
- to restore habitats
- to create awareness in your area
- to lay the groundwork for future waste-reducing efforts
What can you do if you don’t have a Beach?
You can find rubbish not only on the beach, every sidewalk, hard shoulder of the road, ditch or drain will have some sort of trash you can collect. So the trash doesn’t even make it’s way into the ocean or rivers.
Call up your friends or organize a community cleanup in your city or village.
It’s fun, you strengthen your personal health and especially the health for nature and wildlife!
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