Monday, 11 June 2012

British Beach full of Rubbish

With hundreds of thousands of tourist visiting Britain's coastal resorts every weekend, members of the "Surfers against Sewage" (SAS) conducted a beach clean-up at Saunton Sands in North Devon as part of "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee" celebration.

During the clean-up, the volunteer surfers were shocked to un-earthed some rubbish on water that can be dated back to 1967 including two virtually fully intact "Golden Wonder" crisp packets. Other items found were a pre-1973 Coca-Cola can, a 1968 and 1967 "Golden Wonder" crisp packets, and a 1990 "Snickers Bar" wrapper.

It will be recalled that in 1967, the ship "Torrey Canyon" hit a shallow ground off Cornwall that leads to an environmental disaster spilling 120,000 tons of crude oil into the sea. Considered as by far the worst accident in British waters, with a massive effort the oil was removed from Cornish beaches that killed 15,000 seabirds and undocumented marine organisms dead.

Luckily the British waters have recovered from this tragedy but we have left so many garbage in our beaches and ocean and the waste is forever been increasing in our coastlines and waters.

On the eve of Britain's "World Environment Day" celebration, these 'historic' marine waste products act as a sad presence of the battle against garbage in our waters.

Plastic materials daily consumption of sodas and junk foods can create long term havoc on our marine ecosystem.

The public is then being educated to clean up after using the beach as garbage that remains on the beaches are the cause of over 1.5 million marine birds, turtles and mammals every year.

About 100 million tons of post-production plastics have is now plaguing our marine life, equivalent to 5% of all the plastics ever created. Ocean micro-plastics now outweigh plankton in the world's oceans and are being eaten by plankton feeders.

Garbage has destroyed the beauty of our beaches all over the addition of plastic bottles, fishing netting, cotton bud sticks, carrier bags and confectionary wrappers becoming a regular catch together seashells, cuttlefish bones and seaweeds.

The British public shall do their share in avoiding an environmental crisis by cleaning the beach after they leave and, trying to be more helpful by picking more garbage by other visitors when visiting the beach. It is also advice to call the attention of the public who throw and neglect their garbage on the coastline.

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