DB Beach Clean-ups 2015

Posted by Peter MUIR

DB Beach clean ups 2015

Though taking part in a beach clean up is a noble cause, aside from Year 7 students this alone is generally not accepted as a CE experience.   A short, once-off engagement is not what we are looking for in CE. However getting involved in a number of clean ups, and taking more action in other ways to help our oceans become cleaner, is more like what we are after.

This message below from DB Green’s Kate Wade outlines some ways you can support DB green in addition to participating in beach clean ups.

Our beaches, as you may have noticed, can look like a trash site on some days (dare I say MOST)!  We at DB Green and Plastic Free Seas know that removing rubbish from the beach is a great place to get it before it heads back out to the ocean. In the ocean it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces but without ever fully biodegrading and is ingested by our bird and sea life.

There are a number of project ideas you can get from being involved in the Beach Cleanups.

For our younger participants turning up to a beach cleanup, picking up rubbish and observing what it is, connecting it to how and when your family and friends use these destructive single use items, is a great start.
For some of the older students we’d like to see you also put in a hard days work at the beach cleanups and try and take it a step further. Perhaps focusing on what kinds of rubbish you see as a major problem and thinking about a campaign to stop it’s use…. Maybe adopting a particular area that you want to focus on and keep clean throughout the school year, maybe finding out the source of a particular type of rubbish, maybe educating others about the problems, etc etc- whatever interests you!

We also need helpers to co-ordinate and help at the beach cleanups, take names, time in and out of participants, help explain the do’s and don’ts and show how to do a beach cleanup.

We need someone to make sure the information goes into the Explorer, plus other types of advertising you can do at the school and community beforehand. In fact I need a volunteer or 2 for that right now please to get the information to the Explorer for this Friday for Saturday and Mondays cleanup. Can someone please go ahead and contact the Explorer organisers please?? Any year 10 or older students able to do this please? Let me know once it’s done please.

I am sure Tracey and Dana have more projects in mind and lots of ideas that may inspire you. A good way to get started is to turn up this Saturday at Nim Shue Wan beach between 1pm to 4pm (the beach on the way to the Marina club) and we can talk with you there about ideas for your CAS activity this year. If you can’t make that one maybe the main beach after the lantern festival on Monday between 8am and 10am.

We want you to find something that motivates you! Start thinking about what you want to do with your CAS activity this school year and aim to make a difference. And we are here to help.

I hope to see you at a beach cleanup on Saturday plus I’l aim to meet with any of you at school lunch time the week after next. Email me (kate.wade@dbgreen.org) if you need any assistance.