The feeling of seeing a group of volunteers who have all come to take part in an event which I organised is one aspect of becoming a Waves of Waste Coordinator I didn’t anticipate. 18 willing volunteers who had all come to help collect litter in the glorious September sunshine, we really couldn’t have asked for better weather. Continue reading
Technology is happening, and some people are impressed whilst others resent change (understandably!). However, we may as well use it to get others interested in important stuff like conservation and nature! If you like tech and conservation, this article is for you. If you like tech, but you thought I just misspelled conversation, this article is also for you!
5 Volunteers piled into their car and drove from Leeds to Fraisthorpe last weekend to help me clean up Fraisthorpe Beach! A huge thank you to you all, everybody did really well!
They say one man’s rubbish is another’s treasure. I’m not sure what ratio loot to litter you might find around the UK, but whether you hoard it for those things you saw on Pinterest or you dispose of it in the nearest bin or recycling centre, our beaches need all the help they can get!
Litter on our beaches has increased by 140% since 1994. Of this, in 2015 70% of litter reported to the Marine Conservation Society was made of plastics or polystyrene, which we all know will be sticking around for a while yet.
The effects of litter on marine life have been observed for a while now. We know that the evident results can include entanglement, smothering of the seabed, ingestion and even providing new habitats or transport for non-native species, allowing them a chance to prosper where they shouldn’t. For anybody who is interested, Chapter 4 of this free book is a really great read on the effects of marine litter.