Ocean lovers and social media enthusiasts are lending their support to clean up beaches all over the world as part of the #2minutebeachclean initiative.
Run by not for profit organisation, The Beach Clean Network Limited, the idea for the #2minutebeachclean came about after a series of North Atlantic storms hit the UK in 2013 and 2014, leaving beaches across the country littered with plastic.
#2minutebeachclean founder Martin Dorey, a surfer and writer who hails from Bude in north Cornwall, came up with the concept of doing just 2-minutes worth of beach clean up, and using Twitter and Instagram to try to inspire others, by sharing photos of the litter he found.
#2minutebeachclean say: “While a 2 minute beach clean might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things it is important. Every piece of plastic that you remove from the marine environment is no longer a danger to the animals that still live there. They won’t break down into micro plastics, strangle seabirds or mammals or end up being ingested.
“Also, consider your own wellbeing in this too. Beach cleaning gets you outside. It enables you to take care of nature and that brings a feeling of wellbeing. It helps you to understand your local patch –and enables you to understand how it’s doing – and it helps to keep you healthy and fit and feeling good. That’s important!”
#2minutebeachclean’s second annual #2minutebeachclean Day takes place on 11 June. Participants around the world are asked to take part in a beach clean up in any of the world’s beaches and post a picture of the litter they find on social media.
#2minutebeachclean is currently working on an app which will help the organisation and beach clean up participants to see what a difference beach cleans make, track litter and see where the litter hotspots are, providing information on what is needed to tackle polluters.
The #2minutebeachclean app is expected to be released this year.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com