This Autumn, we’re getting behind our friends at Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to support their biggest ever Autumn Beach Clean. Will you help us?
Taking place between 19th – 27th October, the cleans make up part of charity’s ‘Plastic Free Communities’ movement with more communities engaged than ever before. Together, 20,000 volunteers at 500 events across the UK will help to clean up our coast, rivers, mountains and urban areas.
The Autumn Beach Clean event has been running annually since 2011 and is part of a national movement led by SAS, which aims to protect coastlines, create cleaner oceans and clean up inland areas. Here in the South West, we’re surrounded by sea and the coast plays an important role in many of our lives as a place to relax, play, explore and to keep fit and healthy. Protecting it is really important to us.
SAS are now calling for Clean Leaders to volunteer to lead their communities. Head to the SAS website to organise your own clean or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also tell us if you’re organising a clean in the South West so we can tell everyone about it. All Clean Leaders will receive a step-by-step guide from SAS and all of the equipment needed to organise cleans free of charge along with day to day support from the Beach Cleans Team.
SAS’s Community Manager, Jack Middleton said “While beach cleans alone will never be the answer to plastic pollution, they are an incredible showing of community spirit and serve to educate and raise awareness on a mass scale. In short, they are the gateway to environmentalism. Every piece of plastic volunteers remove is also a victory for our beaches. Each piece of plastic also provides evidence to support our campaigns calling for packaging and business reform.”