International Coastal Cleanup 2018

Hey lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve taken out my laptop and whipped up a blog post for you guys. But I’m back!

Today’s post is all about International Coastal Cleanup Day. Yes. I know I’m a bit late but better late than never right?

International Coastal Cleanup initiative came about over 30 years ago and is recognised annually on September 15th. With over 70 participating countries, hundreds of thousands of volunteers took to the beaches this year to pick up trash and unwanted items on our shores.

This year, I joined representatives from The NGC Group of Companies, STORK, Amalgamated Security Services, the Point Fortin Sea Scouts and residents of La Brea on Station Beach.

A distance of approximately 1 KM was covered and an estimated 2144 lbs of garbage was collected. The biggest culprits seemed to be plastic bottles and styrofoam items.

It was such a marvellous feeling to leave the beach cleaner than I met it. However, it was truly saddening to know that in just a matter of days it’d be polluted all over again.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a beach cleanup but it’s time we halt the problem in its tracks and STOP LITTERING. Quite frankly, I think this issue is getting a bit out of sand. There are so many environmentally-friendly options today. Like biodegradable packaging, metal and bamboo straws and reusable utensils…just to name a few. We have way too many resources at our disposal to be drowning our coastlines in trash.

“Be part of the solution not the pollution”

According to National Geographic, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. And a whopping 85% of the world’s plastic is not recycled.

As a humans, there is so much more that we could do or should I say not do…(pollute). As I always say…

There is no planet B

Until next time,

Mikayla

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