The growing movement to eradicate our beaches and coastlines of waste plastic continues, with an organised beach clean at Porthtowan early next month.
Beyond the beach clean is the brainchild of first year BTEC business students from Cornwall College. The event, being held at Porthtowan Beach at 2pm on the 9th of February, is in conjunction with national environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
The event sprung into life when the students were tasked with creating and organising an event for their BTEC business course.
Student Alanna Randall-Morris said “After recently seeing many documentaries surrounding the plastic pollution problem, we decided to get involved and help promote the issues. Living close to the coast, we decided on a beach clean.
“Since learning about the plastic problem in our oceans, I’ve started seeing rubbish wherever I go and because I’m now aware of the problem, I want to do even more to help so I have even begun doing mini beach cleans and collecting litter whenever I visit the beach.”
Lecturer, Karis Matik Cornwall College added, “I am so proud of the students for not only deciding to carry out a beach cleaning event, but also the steps that they are taking to reduce their own plastic waste.
“It would have been much easier for them to plan something simple within the college, such as a bake sale, however the passion and commitment they are showing to beyond the beach clean is amazing.”
The students will be carrying out the beach clean working closely with the national environmental group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), who are promoting their current campaign plastic free coastlines.
Matik continued, “One of our key curriculum objectives is to promote employability and working with national organisations to give our students the best opportunities and experiences. Liaising with Surfers Against Sewage has given them a greater understanding of the wider issues and how to facilitate an event.”
SAS state that “At least 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year. The ocean sustains us, our wellbeing and the planet. Every day millions more pieces of single-use plastic are being poured into the ocean injuring and even killing wildlife, threatening ecosystems, livelihoods and our happiness. We are the resistance to the plastic pollution problem and to solve it, we need your help.”
Member of the public are invited to attend the event at Porthtowan Beach on the 9th of February which starts at 2pm. The event is free to attend, but any donations to the charity would be welcome. For more information you can contact the organisers at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively you can follow them on Facebook #beyondthebeachclean