Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the “Big Summer Community Beach Clean” at Lee-on-Solent. The whole idea of this event was to bring the community together to make the beach cleaner and a much safer place to visit, not just for us but for the wildlife in the area. I was contacted by Graham Smith about a week or so beforehand about the event and I made it my personal obligation to attend and help out.
There was a fantastic turnout, with support from members of the Fire Brigade showing up, some local artists, charities, the local resident’s association, local artists and the Marine Conservation Society. Seeing how much we made a difference that day reinforced the idea that the same sort of event can be done in Warsash.
When I went out to do my part in this anti-litter campaign, I was astonished to find (opposite a playground to be precise) broken lightbulbs. I could only imagine the horror of any parent whose child stepped on any of these unnecessary hazards, so I made it my duty to make sure that this was placed in my plastic bag to be binned appropriately.
At any events like these people need to be both optimistic and enthusiastic about their part in cleaning up damage that careless individuals do to areas frequently visited by the public, and fortunately we had our secret weapon to get the community motivated, Manuela. If we had more people like her we could certainly drive a change around Britain. Not only would our streets be clean and litter free, but I can certainly see people being listened to and fairly represented.
If there was one thing that can be taken away from this it is this:
“Find a bin, put it in”
Thanks for reading,