Weʼve raised £625 to help clean remote or inaccessible beaches across the world
- Bude, Cornwall, UK
- Funded on Tuesday, 30th October 2018
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Together we can clean the inaccesable beaches!
There are many remote or inaccessible beaches with tonnes of plastic on them, the one in the picture was north of Bude, Cornwall. This small cove the size of a squash court is two to four feet deep in plastic, we have taken the equivalent of 60 bin bags out of there but there is much more to do. Every 6 bags takes 2 1/2 hours to fetch across 500 meters of big boulders up a 200ft cliff then down to the Van. Much of the plastic is buried under many tonnes of rocks and pebbles, that concerns me the most - how much is there?
Ropes and nets disintegrate into fine bundles of fibres and kill thousands of birds. I have seen probably 20 sea bids the most beautiful was a dead Gannet choked to death by a fine piece of plastic. I have picked up bass nets too which are very dangerous so fine you can hardly see them - neither can the birds!
So far this year we have removed 288 bin bags of plastic from remote or inaccessible beaches. The most extreme are down a rope or a mile hike up a 600 foot cliff like Strangles beach south of Crackington Haven. I removed some rubbish by Kayak but sank once and got tipped out twice and decided that was too risky, despite the excitement!
When I say we...
Some rubbish takes ages to pick up whilst some has been picked up by others and left at the head of a beach, Speaks Mill & Wanson beach for example.
There was the equivalent of 40 bin bags weighing 600 lbs @ Speaks Mill most of collected by Mark Fellows who is our first connection (see Marks post below) a great effort thank you Mark:)
And some of the rubbish at Wanson, I have a van now as the car was getting wrecked and stank of old fish!
If I am short on time I clean a lay-by or a piece of roadside, its amazing what people throw in hedges! but I love the challenge of the cliffs ...
I am hooked on Extreme Beach Cleaning, its exercise with a purpose & so very motivating, in six months I've become the fittest I've been for 30 years and lost 15 kilos. I feel proud of my efforts and meet many like minded people. These two pictures are from Duckpool - north of Bude.
Sadly these efforts are pretty futile, so we will setting up a charity and publishing a web application to promote this activity. We will connect walkers who spot rubbish at the bottom of cliffs with "Extreme Beach Cleaners " (its not all extreme mind) who want to go and retrieve the rubbish, that's why we want to raise £10,000 to push this globally, we are very determined.
£10,000 is a lot of money 100% of it will go to the cause and be spent very wisely on the following...
1. A specialist web application that links spotters to cleaners and connects commercial & public sponsors to areas around the globe. It will need to connect to Google maps and be able to access GPRS, camera and work off line and sync when on line.
2. To properly set up and register as a charity
4. Digital Marketing & Awareness
The ultimate goal is to find a way to clean that patch of plastic rubbish in the Pacific that is the size of Wales or is it France? It may sound pie in the sky but where there is a will there is a way!
Together we will make a difference
Check out our temporary website www.noplastic.earth
- 5 months ago
Paul Howarth5 months ago
Hi everyone £500 raised the first week, so i was delighted, it was lovely to receive your gifts and messages of support. Sadly am not in touch with some of you so I cant thank you personally. Les - thank you so much I found that very heart warming to see your name up there hope all is well, Thanks again - Paul :) Gem, as always you always seem to be there, thank you :) Jac, thanks for your donation & message hope all is well :) Anonymous, much appreciated, Thanks everyone & will keep you all posted Paul :)
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Oct 21, 2018
Have wondered who had been clearing beaches around Hartland. A guest said how lovely these beaches were clear and how lucky we were. Not luck I said! Thank you Paul: Mark also.
Jul 9, 2018
Cleaning up our environment , a mighty challenge we all need to support.
Jul 8, 2018
What a great plan. Inspired by you I pledge to clear more plastic from the lane sides around me too!
Jul 6, 2018
Amazing Paul, keep going, stay safe and thank you for making a difference. xxx
Jul 6, 2018
Such a good idea Paul, which I know you will make happen. I'll tell mum and dad, because they don't do social media, but I think they would want to support this initiative. Good luck x
Jul 6, 2018
Amazing effort, well done and thank you.
Jul 6, 2018
Go for it mate - totally inspiring and if only my body wasn't so twisted, I'd traverse with you! X
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