Coast cleaners tidy beaches

By Cameron Brooks.

Sunshine Coast beaches are being left cleaner with a group vowing to tidy them every day this month.

The project coincides with World Oceans Day today, which celebrates and promotes protection of the globe’s waterways.

Ocean Shepherd Espresso Bar manager Adam Neal works closely with the Sea Shepherd marine conservation organisation by donating part of their proceeds the Australian arm of the organisation.

Mr Neal says the clean-up events are enjoyable and worthwhile.

“You’re out on the beach, you’re by the water, it’s good exercise, fresh air, there’s no hard work in that,” he says.

“Every little bit helps.

“Even if you’re on the beach on your own, if you see something pick it up.”

Sea Shepherd Australia spokesman Adam Burling says oceans are important and our lives depended on them.

“We live on an ocean planet; the oceans provide our air, they’re a special provision for our planet and if we don’t look after that humanity’s in trouble,” he says.

“If the ocean dies we die.”

Mooloolaba Beach is being kept clean by considerate locals every day in June. Photo by Cameron Brooks

The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day is “our oceans, our future”, with the main conservation focus being on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning marine litter.

The local campaign this month leads to Plastic Free July, an annual global campaign which challenges people to refuse single-use plastic.

This includes any product intended to be used once before being discarded, such as plastic shopping bags, cups, straws and packaging.

After the month-long challenge, Sea Shepherd is hosting an event on July 23 at Tickle Park, Coolum Beach to help clean up the beach.

Mr Burling says everyone can help in some way.

“Everyone can make a difference to the oceans,” he says.

He says there has been an incredible amount of litter on beaches.

“Just about every plastic we consume from straws to plastic bags eventually ends up in the ocean,” he says.

“We’ve come across animals entangled in plastic in some of the most remote parts of the Ocean.

“The ocean has been hit hard.”

The official World Oceans Day website allows visitors to find an event nearby.

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