You are invited to join the Two Oceans Aquarium SEA Team for a Plastic Free July coastal cleanup, happening on Sunday 31 July at Sunset Beach in Milnerton from 11h30 till 13h30.

The SEA Team – SEA stands for Student Environmental Action – is group of inspired young individuals committed to conserving, protecting and respecting the environment, all of whom graduated from our Environmental Education Centre’s Young Biologist course. They strive to make a difference in the world and consequently are thinking of proactive ways to engage the public in taking action to conserve, protect and respect the environment.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we announce that they’ll be holding a beach cleanup at the end of the month. This is a chance for you, your friends and family to bond while taking constructive action for the environment. All are welcome!

Please join the the SEA Team on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all their action. 

The SEA Team’s first beach cleanup happens to be taking place during Plastic Free July, and four of our staff members have taken up the challenge of refusing single-use plastic.

Other beach cleanups around Cape Town

Online organic shop Faithful to Nature joined a Clean C cleanup at Muizenberg Beach in June. Beach cleanups are a great way for corporates to give back (hint: it's Mandela Day on 18 July) 

Clean C organises beach cleanups around Cape Town on the first Saturday of every month. Beaches at Hout Bay, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Glencairn, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, Strand Beach, Gordons Bay, Milnerton, Big Bay and Blouberg host these cleanups – it’s a fabulous family-friendly opportunity to educate, inspire and connect with our neighbours.

For more information, visit the Clean C website.

Do some citizen science while you’re at it

Please considering using one or all of these three citizen science apps that are focusing on tracking and elimintating ocean plastics.

Clean Swell by the Ocean Conservancy

The Ocean Conservancy is the organisation that started International Coastal Cleanup Day, which happens every third weekend of September and has been running for 30 years. Their Clean Swell app is a mobile data-collection programme that aims to create a global ocean trash database.

Learn more about this app on the Ocean Conservancy website. Available for Android and iOS.

Take Ten for the Ocean

Based in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the people behind Take Ten for the Ocean were inspired by the Australian Take 3 campaign, which asked beach-goers to pick up three pieces of trash every time they visited a beach. But, they thought, why stop at three pieces of trash? Take Ten for the Ocean asks you to pick up 10 pieces of trash every time you visit the beach. Can’t find 10? Look closer: Every beach has hoards of tiny bits of plastic, tiny beads, earbud sticks, cigarette butts, bottle lids, bits of fishing line and net … That’s the stuff that ends up hurting wildlife, and it’s everywhere.

Once you’ve picked up your beach litter, snap some photos with your mobile phone, then get social using the #KZNTakeTen on Instagram or Twitter. Be fun, get creative, share and spread the message! They’d love to see you post your images on their Facebook page too.

It's amazing how many cigarette butts you can find within 5m of a dustbin. Take a picture and share it! 

Take Ten for the Ocean are working on an online platform where you can log different types of trash. We’re watching their space!

Litterati

Litterati is cleaning the planet one piece of litter at a time. Their call to action is just a simple:

  1. Find a piece of litter
  2. Photograph it with Instagram
  3. Add #Litterati
  4. Throw out or recycle the litter

Remember to add your location to your upload, as Litterati’s use geo-tagged data to develop insights into litter worldwide. You can also use their app (iOS only) to be logged on their system.

 

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