What do you do when you see waste littering the beach? Do you leave it where you found it since you didn’t put it there in the first place, do you pick it up and carry it around with you until you find a bin or do you simply wish that there was a group event to help tackle such a huge problem? Well, I have great news. Between 6-14 April, grassroots movement Surfers Against Sewage are putting on the Big Spring Beach Clean: Summit to Sea.
This year, more than 30,000 people will be taking part in their very own local clean-ups across the UK. But it’s not just beaches that are getting the litter-picking treatment. Events have been arranged to take place at rivers, mountains and cities this year, making it the biggest ever Big Spring Beach Clean.
Over the last five years, the event has resulted in bringing together over 150,000 volunteers, which adds up to more than two million hours of time spent protecting and conserving the country’s beaches. Surfers Against Sewage CEO, Hugo Tagholm, explains that “the Big Spring Beach Clean is an annual celebration of our beaches, uniting thousands of like-minded volunteers to take action for our ocean… We can all be ocean guardians from our summits to the sea, from our river banks to city streets.”
To find out where your nearest Big Spring Beach Clean will be or to arrange your own, head to sas.org.uk. You can also email Surfers Against Sewage directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the registered Clean Leaders will receive a Big Spring Beach Clean kit and a step-by-step guide to organising your very own event (among other things).