MCS in new Radio 1 initiative to highlight marine litter issues to students

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 13 May 2010

MCS in new Radio 1 initiative to highlight marine litter issues to students The Marine Conservation Society has been invited by the BBC to be part of a brand new initiative as part of the 10th BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend.

We’re pleased to add volunteering to the programme of events around Radio 1’s Big Weekend. For Radio 1 and the listeners to be able to give something back to the area that is hosting the Big Weekend is fantastic.

Ben Cooper,
Deputy Controller
BBC Radio 1

MCS in new Radio 1 initiative to highlight marine litter issues to students The Marine Conservation Society has been invited by the BBC to be part of a brand new initiative as part of the 10th BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend. For the first time ever, the station will be giving students the opportunity to earn themselves a ticket to attend the Big Weekend by volunteering. This year’s event is in Bangor, North Wales and students from Bangor University are being urged to get their hands dirty by cleaning a beach in the area. 50 Radio 1 listeners from Bangor University will clean one beach in North Wales over three hours on Monday May 17th in return for a ticket to Radio 1’s Big Weekend which takes place over 22nd and 23rd May at Faenol Estate, Bangor. Dr Sue Kinsey, Pollution Programmed Manager at MCS says: “We’re absolutely delighted that Radio 1 and it’s listeners are getting involved in a beach clean. It’s vitally important that younger people are made aware of the rising tide of litter on our beaches and see how they can make a difference by tackling the problem first hand. There are over 2,000 pieces of litter for every kilometer you walk on the average UK beach and MCS want to see this halved by 2015. We’re really looking forward to getting involved in the Radio 1’s Big Beach Sweep which will help us move towards this goal.” Fancy getting invovolved in the biggest beach clean in the UK? Join MCS for Beachwatch Big Weekend 2010 over the 18th and 19th September. Register now to make a difference to your favourite beach.

Actions you can take

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  3. Join a beach clean
  4. Visit the beachwatch website

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