Environmental charity Surfers Against Sewers is calling on the coastal communities across the UK to join them for the SAS Big Spring Beach Clean at beaches nationwide on 24 and 25 March, as spring time reveals the true severity of the marine litter issue.
In a statement, it said: “After a long winter of storms, before local council beach cleaning operations begin for the summer season, the accumulation of litter can often seem at its worst.
“The amount of marine litter found on UK beaches has almost doubled in the last fifteen years, with a shocking 1,969 litter items found on every kilometre of coastline.”
The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean is an annual event and this year SAS is encouraging dedicated volunteers to organise their own beach clean events, offering support and equipment to help empower communities to take positive action to protect local beaches, surf spots and waterways.
SAS executive director Hugo Tagholm said: “Over the past few years SAS has seen a dramatic rise in the number of community volunteers getting involved with our beach clean programmes.
“Communities want to play their part in tackling the marine litter crisis affecting beautiful beaches everywhere, a visible indicator of the ecological disaster happening in our oceans.
“The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean empowers communities and educates the public on making on-going positive difference to coastlines.”
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