Over the weekend, our beaches were clogged with plastic rubbish. Not content to sit among trash or simply go home, our friends rallied and gathered their friends to join in and complete a couple of massive cleanups on Cheung Sha, Pui O and Shek O beaches.
“Every person who cleans a beach has their awareness permanently altered.” Kinzie
We would love to see the #popupcleanups continue, so here is the not-so-secret recipe …
This easy-to-follow recipe features basic ingredients and the method combines a little muscle with a lot of fun in the sun … or rain. You can skip the gym, ignore the calories and feel good about nurturing friendships while making a difference.
- 1 filthy beach
- 2 or more friends
- bags, shoes and gloves
- hats, sunscreen and water
- camera and notebook for tagging
- Locate filthy beach
- Invite friends to join
- Take before photographs
- Put on hat, shoes and gloves
- Apply sunscreen and drink water
- Pick up trash carefully and place in bags
- Sort, count and photograph trash
- Remove to collection point
- Upload and tag pics
- Email authorities
- Repeat regularly
The change begins with addressing our own addiction this Plastic Free July.
As easy as it is to blame our neighbors to the north, much of the garbage comes from right here. We throw away 9 million plastic bottles in Hong Kong every single day. The amount of wasted oil in another form is mind blowing.
Once we start seeing the volume, we might start seeing the value. Imagine if plastic bottles were valued like aluminum cans in Hong Kong. We would never see another one lying around like money on the ground.
We also want to make sure we communicate the problem with those who can meet us at the other end, so here are a few ways you can communicate this situation as disaster and get the ball rolling for official relief.
2. Send photos by email with the location — every message will be be followed up
- General: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marine Department: email@example.com
- Environmental Protection Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Food & Environmental Hygiene Department: email@example.com
3. Call 1823 and leave a message
4. Post your photos and comments on the Marine Lap Sap Facebook group
5. Join a local marine conservation group.
Here are just a few pictures of heroic efforts … and the work yet to be done.