Until World Oceans Day, June 8, My Ocean Challenge is to do a litter pick everyday and take photos of the rubbish found to raise funds and awareness about the growing marine litter problem!
My “Rubbish” Ocean Challenge started a few days ago with a special evening at my daughter’s Scouts group where I was invited to discuss the challenges our ocean is facing. We talked about endangered marine species, over-fishing, unsustainable fishing practices including shark finning, and the devastating impacts of marine debris.
All 26 Scouts and their leaders joined me in a litter pick. In less than 15 minutes, we collected three buckets full of litter: aluminium cans, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, glass bottles, food wrappers, plastic toys, six-pack rings, broken glass, … and more – a true wake up call for the kids who couldn’t believe that an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in our ocean each year!
When Project AWARE launched #MyOceanChallenge on Endangered Species Day, May 15, I decided to join the challenge to help support a clean and healthy ocean.
It has been estimated that around 80% of marine debris is from land-based sources. Single use items we throw away every day like plastic bottles and bags end up on the ocean floor, choking our environment.
Unfortunately, you really don’t have to look far to find it! Our trash is everywhere ….. This is what we found on our way to our local park today… Only a ten minute walk from home!
Thanks for supporting a clean, healthy ocean and for sponsoring My “Rubbish” Ocean Challenge!
Check out my Fundraising Page for regular updates on how I’m getting on with the challenge!