The Club has received the following communication, which may be of interest to Members:
We need your help to make this year’s Great British Beach Clean the most successful yet. If you'd like to help out there are 3 ways to do so:
(1) Organise your own Beach Clean event, for help to do this please sign up here or email me
(2) Attend a Beach Clean event in your area, look for local events here
(3) Encourage more people in your local area to run events and attend events, for more info about how to do this please read on...
I have attached a Press Release which has just gone out today calling for organizers and volunteers to register their events>
Can you help create Scotland's biggest beach cleaning event?
Marine Conservation Society bidding to clean up 150 beaches across the country in just four days
Scotland's leading marine charity is urging people who love the coast to organise a beach clean and survey and do their bit in the worldwide fight against marine litter.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) will be running its 24th annual Great British Beach Clean-up event in Scotland between the 15th and 18th September and the charity hopes this year’s clean- up in the country will help put the UK in the top ten of the 100 or so participating countries and regions which take part in the International Coastal Clean-up during the same weekend every year. “Scotland has more of the UK's coastline than anywhere else," says Catherine Gemmell, MCS Scotland Conservation Officer. "Many communities rely on the cleanliness of beaches for their coastal economy. Beach litter and the problems it causes to both humans and wildlife is a huge issue that we need everyone's help with; from schools and communities to councillors and MSPs we hope to see everyone helping look after their beach this September.'
During the 2016 Great British Beach Clean event in Scotland, 1,744 volunteers cleaned 121 beaches, picking up, on average, 459 items of litter per 100km they cleaned. Plastic bottles on Scottish beaches rose by 21.3% compared to 2015
In Scotland, MCS is a founding partner of the ‘Have you got the bottle’ campaign led by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS). “We’re confident that evidence from other countries and a successful trial at Heriot-Watt University shows that a Scotland-wide roll-out of a DRS would lead to reduction in the number of drinks containers that blight our beaches,” says Calum Duncan, MCS Head of Conservation in Scotland. “We were delighted to hear that the Scottish Government has asked Zero Waste Scotland to explore possible designs for a DRS system. That’s why it’s so important that this year we try and clean more beaches to help show everybody throughout Scotland what a huge problem litter, and especially plastic bottle litter, is on Scottish beaches."
Although the Great British Beach Clean doesn’t take place until September, MCS says it’s vital that new organisers get involved now so volunteers have enough time to sign up to the new clean-ups.
The MCS Great British Beach Clean is part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up. Last year volunteers, at beaches all over the world, covered a distance of 14,990 miles and collected weird finds ranging from a piano to drones, selfie sticks to typewriters. In the UK 364 beaches were cleaned.
Running a beach clean has never been simpler with the introduction of a fantastic interactive website with lots of downloadable resources to help people promote their clean-ups as well as support from the Beachwatch team at MCS headquarters both online and on the phone.
“We would love to see 150 beaches cleaned in Scotland this year,” says Catherine Gemmell “Anyone wishing to run a beach clean will get lots of help from MCS. The coast isn’t just for a week’s holiday…it’s for all year round."
The Great British Beach Clean is part of the year-long Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up and is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Head of Charities for People’s Postcode Lottery, Clara Govier, said: “I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting this project. It’s such an important initiative, and the more beach cleans that are run around the country the better. Having been on clean-ups with MCS, I found them really fulfilling and great fun.”
If you would like to organise a beach clean event in Scotland that will benefit your favourite or nearest beach and help tackle beach litter globally, visit www.mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean or telephone 01989 566017.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment. MCS provides information and guidance on many aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide and the Good Fish Guide as well as involving thousands of volunteers in projects and surveys such as MCS Beachwatch. MCS has a dedicated Scotland conservation programme based from our Edinburgh office established in April 2000. www.mcsuk.org.
MCS Beachwatch is MCS’ coastal environmental initiative, supporting local individuals, groups and communities in caring for their local shoreline. MCS Great British Beach Clean is our annual flagship event, now in its 24th year, and it occurs on the third weekend of every September. It represents the UK’s input to the global International Coastal Cleanup (representing 152 countries and locations), which occurs over the same weekend in September, providing a world-wide snapshot of marine litter.
Data collected by thousands of volunteers from hundreds of beaches around the UK is published by MCS the following spring in the Beachwatch Annual Report. This document is used at regional, national and international levels to raise awareness of the impacts of marine litter, to promote measures to reduce litter at source and to campaign for better marine litter legislation. Next year’s event will take place between 14th – 17th September 2018.
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Players of People’s Postcode Lottery support the Marine Conservation Society beach litter programme. • People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, based in Edinburgh. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally. • A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities and players have raised £205.1 Million for good causes across the country
Thank you very much in advance and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Sea Champion (Scotland)
Marine Conservation Society
Direct Dial: 07891319268
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife.
Please join us - visit our website at www.mcsuk.org