Over the last 10 years, beach clean-ups have become a popular activity with backpackers to help reduce the amount of plastic that is polluting our ocean’s ecosystem. Asia, in particular, is known for its litter problem, with 75% of global waste ending up on its beaches.
Many travellers backpacking in Asia and other parts of the world are now using the term ’Trashpacker’. A term used to describe backpackers who clean up whilst they’re travelling. It’s become increasingly popular over the last few years and is a fantastic way to help the environment as well as the local communities that are affected.
What is a beach clean-up?
Beach clean-ups are a volunteer activity. They are often organised by environmental groups or individuals who are passionate about our ecosystems and want to make a difference. The main aim of a beach clean-up is to help fight against plastic pollution, improve our beaches and help save marine life.
Why you should take part in a beach clean up.
- It’s great fun. It’s a sociable activity, an opportunity to meet new people who share the same passion.
- You need to witness it to believe it. Beach clean-ups are something we hear a lot about. But, it’s not until you see it with your own eyes that you’ll realise that it’s not too late to make a difference.
- It allows you to create a strong connection between you and a place, as well as between you and other travellers.
- You’ll create a powerful message, one that you can share with everyone around you. It will make them think about how important these issues are and will result in them also wanting to step up and do something to help.
- Even though you may not think it, your hard work will create a huge impact.
- You will help preserve the earths natural wonders and stop harmful chemicals from entering our oceans.
- It gives you the opportunity to get outside, breath in some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors.
- By freeing beaches of litter, it will help the local economy. Local communities who live near the beach and rely on tourism will benefit and are more likely to make a solid income.
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How to take part in a beach clean-up.
There are plenty of beach clean-up organisations and volunteer programs that you can take part in. Here, you can find your closest clean-up location wherever you are in the world.
However, if you can’t find a local clean-up organisation then you can perform your own beach clean-up. Grab a bag, bring some snacks and drink plenty of water. If you’re somewhere hot, then make sure you wear a hat and protect yourself with some sunscreen. Even if you spend just an hour walking up and down the beach, it will create a huge impact and definitely won’t go un-noticed.
Don’t forget to share your incredible efforts and show everyone what you’ve accomplished!