"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” 

— Margaret Mead

Litter pick up’s play a crucial role in addressing ocean plastic pollution:

Trillions of pieces of man-made plastic have been polluting our Ocean, affecting every marine habitat, harming over 700 wildlife species, and entering our food chain. A lot of these plastics make their way to the ocean by escaping into outdoor spaces where they can easily enter drains, rivers or waterways directly linked to the sea.

Tackling the plastic pollution problem in our ocean involves developing a more intelligent relationship with plastic as a society. The most crucial approach is pollution prevention – starting with reducing our reliance on unnecessary plastics and improving our plastic use and disposal practices. While plastic litter clean-ups can be seen as mitigation rather than root cause prevention, they do provide a last-resort opportunity to prevent plastic from entering the ocean!

Noticing that litter is a problem is the first step in taking action to create a cleaner, more sustainable planet. The next step is taking action. Partner with community members and local organisations to get involved and create meaningful change.

How can you organise a litter pick? 

There is nothing wrong with just picking up plastic pollution when you see it if you are walking along the beach and we would encourage that.  If you find a plastic bag use that to collect other pieces.

However, it is a lot more fun and often productive if you be a part of an organised beach clean.  

1. Where should I carry out my litter pick?

  • Think about areas where you’ve seen lots of litter in the past
  • Ask around the local community for ideas
  • Obtain permission from the landowner
  • Decide on an easily accessible meet-up point, close to where the litter pick is taking place

2. What will I do with the litter?

  • Contact your local authorities or local NGO as they may be able to help
  • Ensure that your local rubbish collection site is equipped to accept the kind of rubbish you’re collecting
  • Try to separate rubbish into recyclable and non-recyclable where possible

3. How do I make litter picking fun?

  • Making the litter pick fun is the best way to encourage volunteers!
  • Consider taking some music along with you
  • You could also make it competitive by declaring a small prize for the person or  team who picks up the most litter, depending on how many people join in the fun. 
  • Most people will do anything for some juice and a biscuit, so providing refreshments can make the event much more successful

4. What equipment will I need?

  • Litter pickers
  • Bin bags (try to provide different options for recyclable vs non-recyclable waste)
  • Protective gloves
  • Hand sanitiser
  • A skip if your event is on the larger side
  • A first aid kit for any accidents

5. What do I need to do on the day?

  • Ensure that all of your volunteers know where they need to go and when
  • Check the weather and plan in advance for any changes
  • If you have more people than equipment, consider splitting people into teams of three; one can pick the rubbish, one can hold the bag, and one can record the items they collect 

Join the Ocean Generation

The Ocean Generation is coming together to restore a healthy relationship between humanity and the Ocean. Because as the first generation to understand ocean issues, we are also the last generation who can stop them. We are all the Ocean Generation. Join the movement. 

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