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The Dawn 'til Dusk Beach Clean with Jobe Harriss

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We are stoked to see Animal Pro surfer Jobe Harriss will be getting involved in the Dawn 'til Dusk Beach Clean this Sunday (september 11th) in Bude! It's a one-of-a-kind event that involves a 13 hour marathon beach clean, covering seven lifeguarded beaches along a ten mile stretch of Cornish coastline.

The Dawn 'til Dusk beach clean - organised by The Plastic Movement

Jobe enjoying the beautiful Scottish environment in the Longtide t-shirt during our latest photoshoot.

Read the official statement and schedule from the organisers below:

In a pioneering project, 100% of the plastic collected will go to be sorted at recycling plants. The event is hosted by The Plastic Movement, an organisation, founded by five Bude Lifeguards, which aims to end the use of single use plastics through direct action and creative solutions.

 

Diary Date: Sunday September 11th
Meeting Times

6.00 am: Crackington Haven Car Park

8.00 am: Widemouth Beach Lifeguard Tower

12.00 noon: Bude Surf Lifesaving Club, Crooklets Beach

3.00 pm: Northcott Mouth Beach

5.00 pm: Sandymouth Beach Cafe

 

The Dawn 'til Dusk beach clean - organised by The Plastic Movement

This is why this initiative is needed.

The proliferation of plastic in our oceans is an ecological disaster. Communities in North Cornwall, exposed as they are to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, experience the brunt of the plastic pollution problem. Nobody sees the enormity of this problem with more immediacy than the lifeguards in Bude, who spend a combined total of more than one and a half thousand hours every week on the tideline.

After a record summer for plastic pollution on British beaches, the lifeguards in Bude have decided to take action. They have formed a community organisation named The Plastic Movement which aims to end the use of single use plastics through direct action and creative solutions.

Although the long-term goal is to stop the proliferation of single-use plastics at source, nothing helps to raise awareness better than for people to experience the impact of plastic pollution first-hand. This is why those at The Plastic Movement have organised ‘The Dawn ’til Dusk Beach Clean’. Everyone is being encouraged to turn up, sign up and pick up on Sunday 11th September and help rid the beaches of plastic pollution.

Jim Scown, one of the five founding members of The Plastic Movement, explains:

“It’s great to clean the beaches and vitally important to remove the plastic litter from the marine ecosystem. However, real, lasting progress is incredibly difficult if the majority of people remain unaware of the problem. This is why we hope a massive turnout for ‘The Dawn ’til Dusk Beach Clean’ will not only help clean up the beaches, but will also raise awareness about the seriousness of the plastic pollution problem we are facing.

“We are delighted to announce a pioneering project, the first of its kind in the UK on such a scale, where 100% of the plastic collected will be sorted for recycling at recycling plants. This is a vitally important step in the battle to rid the oceans of plastic pollution. If we can remove plastic from the marine ecosystem and then, instead of sending it to landfill, recycle and reuse it, we can begin to cut down on the amount of single use plastic in circulation. This, in turn, further reduces the amount of new single use plastic entering the ocean at source.”

The Dawn 'til Dusk beach clean - organised by The Plastic Movement

Bude boy Jobe Harriss tearing his local favourite apart this winter past. Photo: Ella Henwood

The volunteers at The Plastic Movement won’t be cleaning alone. Dedicated teams of volunteers already clean the beaches at Crackington Haven (The Cracky Crew), Widemouth (Widemouth Taskforce) and Crooklets (Beachcare), making the Bude area a hotbed of activity when it comes to fighting plastic pollution in our oceans. All have pledged their full support for the event.

Bude is also the home of Martin Dorey, the founder of The 2 Minute Beach Clean. His initiative, where members of the public spend two minutes of their day picking up litter on the beach, has spread far and wide. Two-minute-beach-cleaners can now be found all around the UK and beyond, even as far away as Israel. Such success stories show that when everyone works together, the capacity for change is immense.

The Dawn 'til Dusk beach clean - organised by The Plastic Movement

The Plastic Movement’s ‘Dawn ’til Dusk Beach Clean’ forms part of the build-up to the ‘The Bude Wave Conference’. Hosted by Bude Cleaner Seas Project, the conference on Thursday 15th September will be an opportunity for leading scientists, environmentalists and professionals to come together to formulate plans to protect our oceans, wildlife and beaches.

‘The Dawn ’til Dusk Beach Clean’ will be taking place on Sunday 11th September. Teams of plastic pickers will meet from 6.00 am at Crackington Haven, from 8.00 am at Widemouth Lifeguard Tower, from 12.00 noon at Bude Surf Lifesaving Club, from 3.00 pm at Northcott Mouth, and from 5.00 pm at Sandymouth Cafe. It will then be back to the Surf Lifesaving Club on Crooklets for a thank you barbecue from 7.00 pm onwards.

Everyone is welcome to turn up, sign up and pick up on the day, for as little or as long as they like. Volunteer organisers will be meeting all who attend, signing them in to the event and providing pick up tools, gloves and support.

Further information on The Plastic Movement Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/theplasticmovement

Press Contacts:
Jim Scown - jim.scown@btinternet.com - 07476641625

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