CSUK supporting SAS Beach Cleans
16th March 2015
Christian Surfers members across the UK will be joining thousands of others on 27 - 29 March to support the SAS beach cleans.With 150 Big Spring Beach Cleans taking place nationwide, there’s sure to be one near you. To find your local event simply visit the SAS events page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.Beach clean events are a fantastic way of uniting and inspiring coastal communities to protect the beaches and coastal spaces most important to them, and every piece of litter removed is a victory in the fight against the marine litter crisis. Community beach clean events also leave a lasting positive legacy, with many volunteers forming new networks and beach clean initiatives to protect local beaches on a regular basis.At Christian Surfers UK we are encouraging all our members to get behind the beach cleans and get involved with their local community.Intuitively, we all know that the scale of the marine litter crisis requires urgent action and are familiar with the most frequently found items of litter on our beaches from plastic bottles to cotton bud sticks, cigarette butts to plastic bags.In response to the Government’s call for more marine litter evidence, SAS are also launching a new marine litter-monitoring App, to complement its campaigns and community beach clean initiatives. Working closely with the European Environment Agency and community volunteers nationwide, SAS will be collecting evidence at beach cleans to strengthen the case for increased action to reverse the marine litter crisis. The Marine Litter Watch app is easy to use, loaded with hundreds of litter items found on European beaches and features a handy top 20 of the commonest items of litter you’ll find on UK beaches. Surveys can be carried out with the Marine Litter Watch app on the beach and, once complete, users simply enter a unique Surfers Against Sewage code and upload the data to the web. This will feed into the unique dataset, allowing SAS to identify trends and priority areas to develop community initiatives and new campaigns.