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.
I expected to find a lot of plastic bottles at Chapmans Pool on the Dorset coastline but I didn’t expect to find two hundred of them in a ten yard stretch, but I did. It took me twenty minutes to collect them.
It took me over an hour to get to the coast, half an hour to walk to the ‘bottle hoist’, half an hour back to the car and over an hour to return. It took another hour to drop the bottles off at my storage container. A mornings work for two hundred bottles.
If I had had other people with me we could have collected five hundred quite easily.
Still looking for that ‘second’ sponsor to help fund these clean ups. Keep picking. Keep taking photographs. Keep making silly videos. Keep on with Social Media. Keep talking to the Press. Keep on ‘keeping on’, and it could, should, can happen!
315 bottles of the 10,000 goal. 3 percent done.
Why wait for a second sponsor-when that second sponsor may not ever materialise! I do hope they will though!
Warbarrow Bay, Dorset. Saturday 25th November 2017. Collected 115 plastic bottles in 45 minutes. 9885 left of the 10,000 I promised to pick up along the Dorset coastline.
Now looking for my second Corporate Beach Clean Sponsor. Would like to make a deal and in return for £2,000 Sponsorship I will promote Sponsor and also collect 10,000 plastic bottles from the Dorset Coastline. Now where are you second Sponsor!?…
It was a very good meeting, five of us all together. Thank you for coming.
I showed a few photographs, shared some stories, some knowledge on the beach plastic situation and midway through the evening we watched a twenty five minute video by Boyan Slat who updated us on his magnificent OCEAN CLEAN UP project. (The link to it is below).
We spoke about the notion of paying people to clean our coastline of plastic. We spoke of how to fund it.
I showed a few very short videos that I have made, funny ones. At least I think they are funny! I am pretty much convinced that I can raise money from corporate sponsors who in return for funding beach cleans will get their business’ promoted by me.
I called a mate this morning. He has agreed to fund a day’s beach clean. I am going to promote his business. He sprays wood. He sprays it well. He works near Pangbourne in Berkshire. I’ve known him for over thirty five years. I will be doing the beach clean tomorrow morning, (Friday 17th November). Here is his website, my first corporate beach clean sponsor. Thanks Neil.
The Ocean Clean Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du5d5PUrH0I&t=470s