Great British Beach Clean off to a flyer

By: Clare Fischer
Date posted: 14 September 2018

The MCS Great British Beach Clean has kicked off today with thousands of volunteers expected to attend over 400 events between now and Monday.

Armed forces beach clean

As an MP for a coastal constituency I see for myself on a daily basis the devastating impact of plastics in our oceans and on our beaches

Caroline Dinenage MP(Con),
Minster of State for Care and MP for Gosport ,

Nationwide, the event is on track to be the biggest since it began 25 years ago.

One of the first cleans to take place was at Gosport in Hampshire. Over 100 volunteers attended including Minster of State for Care, and local MP, Caroline Dinenage and representatives from the Army, Air Force and Navy at the local HMS Sulton, Defence College of Technicial Training.

The volunteers collected 5.5kgs of litter including loads of micro plastics, cotton bud sticks, cigarette butts, bottle caps.

Caroline Dinenage said: “As an MP for a coastal constituency I see for myself on a daily basis the devastating impact of plastics in our oceans and on our beaches. Unless we take urgent action, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050. We live in a fantastic coastal location and have a responsibility to take better care of it.”

Emma Crane, Head of Public Affairs at MCS, said “It was fantastic that local MP, Caroline Dinenage, could join us for the clean today and see how much litter – especially plastic – makes its way onto our beaches. And it was brilliant to see so many local people volunteering to help clean up Stokes Bay. It’s vital that we all continue to work together to stop the tide of plastic engulfing our oceans.”

The MCS Great British Beach Clean event takes place every third weekend in September as part of the charity’s year-round Beachwatch programme. Volunteers who got involved at Gosport are joining an army of beach cleaners not only around the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, but all over the world as part of the global International Coastal Clean-up, which takes a snap shot of beach litter across the planet on a single weekend.

It’s not too late to get involved - volunteer online or just turn up on the day to one of the hundreds of events listed.

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