I went to Abbotsbury, and down to the beach there on Chesil Bank. I wanted to make a video and needed ten littered plastic bottles which I knew would be lying around the beach there.
But miracle of miracles, I could only find one plastic bottle, (plenty of fishing line, wetwipes, plastic wrappers etc).
Anyway, even though I didn’t have the material I wanted for my video, I made it anyway. Here it is:
Sabbatical over! Until last week and for the past four months I have done very little litter picking. The huge swell of awareness of plastic pollution brought about by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet has made me try and work out where I can best put my efforts to helping clean up the World.
I have been looking for direction…
I watched a film/documentary put on at Sherborne’s Digby Hall last week, A Plastic Ocean. Amazing film, four years in the making. Journalist Craig Leeson travelled around the world having witnessed the devestation of plastic pollution whilst filming Blue Whales.
Far more hard hitting than Blue Planet, in my opinion.
The best way to see it is either online or at a public viewing. Google for details.
What really got me back on the litter picking track was to see how much good one can do by picking up even the smallest amount of litter. Heart breaking shots of birds not much bigger than our hand but with over two hundred pieces of plastic in their tiny stomachs.
I gotta make some more videos. I gotta make the money to employ serious beach cleaners.
Below is this weeks work. Unpaid yet again…but maybe this will change!
The venue is Eype beach and rocks, just West of Bripdort in the county of Dorset in the UK. It was quite an effort. There must be at least two, three, four hundred pounds of netting in the back of my car now. Time to recycle it.
Here’s the epic film trailer: A PLASTIC OCEAN.
Seems daft, but I was may as well try. Absurd sales have happened on e bay before. Seeing as I haven’t managed to find a second sponsor for my Dorset Coastline 10,000 plastic bottle collection yet, I have decided to auction of the marine litter I have collected in my storage container. Picture below:
The collection fits neatly into 4 large cardboard packing boxes, 5 including the buoys.
Any proceeds obtained from the auction will go towards the further collection of around 9,500 bottles still to be collected from the Dorset coastline. Funds will go towards extra equipment, fuel for the car, and payment for helpers. A percentage of the sale will also go to the lads and lasses at twominutebeachclean and plastics2fuel.
I ‘could’ get a sale. Update will follow with any positive news!
Hope you have had a happy Christmas. Happy New Year to you all, Simon.
I’ve just launched a campaign on both Twitter and Facebook. Who knows if it will take off? Who knows if it is a good idea or not? Like many initiatives, you don’t really know unless you try.
I have asked people to pick up ten littered containers, photograph them, bin or recycle the littered containers and then invite a few others to do the same.
No injuries please. Pick safely. Have fun. Be a part of the solution to our Planet’s littered Environment.