Like most Australians, many of our holidays are spent by the coast and we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches and spectacular coastline in Australia. Whether you spend time in the water or simply taking a stroll along the beach it sadly doesn’t take long to find some rubbish.
Usually it’s just the odd bit of rubbish left behind carelessly by beachgoers or sometimes washed up from boats or jetty users, but when I find some rubbish on a beach, a saying always comes to my mind – Take3 for the sea. A great catchphrase and reminder to actively be aware of, and pick up anything that doesn’t belong on a beach.
Take 3 for the Sea is an Australian born movement which is building a global community of people connected to the planet and in particular the ocean. The purpose of the movement is to educate and inspire participation to stop plastic pollution from killing wildlife, by reminding people to take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or anywhere really.
The inspiration behind the group is the plight of the marine turtle which is being devastated by plastic pollution due to entanglement in debris, contamination of their food chain and by the consumption of soft plastics which can be mistaken for jellyfish, a main source of food for turtles.
On our last road trip around Eyre Peninsula in South Australia I was really shocked by how much rubbish I found on some pretty secluded beaches. Sadly most of it was hard plastic pieces including plastic bottle tops, packing tape, rope and assorted small sharp bits of plastic that would never break down.
On some beaches it only took a short stroll to find more than could be carried in your hands and in more than one case there were pieces that could only be dragged away from the water, to a place where they wouldn’t end up in the water again.
Sadly an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year with some of the biggest culprits being single use plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic straws, coffee cups, and plastic packaging.
We can try to play a part in the solution by refusing plastic bottles and purchasing reusable drink bottles, taking reusable bags when we shop including for fruit and vegetables, stop using straws altogether or only use sustainably sourced paper alternatives, and by taking your own reusable coffee cup to cafes. In general we can try consciously avoiding buying plastic wrapped items at the supermarket as much as possible and reusing or recycling as much as possible.
For more information see the Take3 for the sea Facebook page here.
And of course…Take3 for the sea, whenever possible.