a different kind of message in a bottle 👀 - it didn’t take me very long to fill up this single use plastic water bottle with micro plastics at Sandy Hook 😬 (60-90 minutes, in maybe only a 20 ft. stretch of coast line). 🌅 I could have stayed the entire day and it still probably would have felt like I barely made a dent... 💔
going to be sending this bottle to @kates.corner of @replastic_uk to be a part of a plastic pollution exhibition at an art gallery in the UK 🙌🏼 - they are looking for micro plastic sample collections from all around the world, so if you’d like to contribute don’t hesitate to reach out to join their great cause! 💕
Although some of the places we have stopped have been relatively litter free, there has been a huge amount of rubbish on the road sides. Once you open you eyes and spot litter, it is hard to switch off.
The verges on the road sides are strewn with fast food packaging. It's disgusting and totally unnecessary.
The AB Sea team have been doing regular litter picks as they have been travelling along.
Today we manger to film Craig doing one midst John 'O' groats leg! Some beautiful landscape blighted by man made eye sores.
Please please please show your support with your own #2minutelitterpick#minibeachclean and always put your rubbish in a bin!
If Craig can do it after cycling 100 miles, so can you! #noexcuses#championthesmallchanges#oneplanet
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Lots of fun with the littles at the park today 💕
Please think twice before using #confetti outside. Tons of little pieces of it everywhere in the grass 😕
If you’ve watched our stories the last few days you’ll know that the boys and I went litter-picking down the lane near us the other day.
. @bandq_uk didn’t have any litter pickers but these pond grabbers did the job just fine, and of course the boys saw it as more of a game than a chore.
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but recently, walking Monty up the lanes, I’ve noticed more and more the amount of rubbish people think is acceptable to discard at the side of the road, ruining our beautiful countryside. So we are now on a bit of a mission to do a little something to help sort it out.
We came back with two carrier bags full of litter just from clearing one side of a 0.9 mile stretch of road, and the boys were both shocked at how much rubbish there was. We decided crisp packets and cans were the most common, which makes sense as they are the items people are most likely to snack on in the car/van/lorry and then chuck out of the window. .
We are doing our best to be an #ecofriendly business, we already compost, ecobrick, buy locally when possible, reuse and recycle as much as we can and have planted sooooo many trees. .
We have decided to try and set aside an hour or two every week to do a bit of a local litter pick.
What do you do to help the environment? We’d love to hear your ideas to see if we can implement them here. .
40515 June, 2019
A trip to Boulder for plants and flowers today yielded these roadside delights. 🙃
Dumped on the side of Magnolia road.
Jerks. Don't they know moose, turkeys, deer, bears, foxes, elk, and ducks live here too?
Hurts me to see people treat nature so terribly. 🧚🦋🦆
Coral Reefs are the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet
Biodiversity is the variety of living species that can be found in a particular place—region, ecosystem, planet, etc. According to @coral_org, coral reefs are believed to have the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem on the planet — even more than a tropical rainforest. Occupying less than 1% of the ocean floor, coral reefs are home to more than 25% of marine life. Why is that important? A highly biodiverse ecosystem, one with many different species, is often more resilient to changing conditions and can better withstand significant disturbances. In this video taken by @fisk.tom you can appreciate sea anemones and clown fish coexisting in this beautiful seascape.
Whether it is water pollution, global climate change or ocean acidification, the issues simply can no longer be ignored. In addition, tons of trash enters the ocean every day and chokes our fragile ecosystems including one of the most important: the coral reef. The organisms that used to thrive on these reefs are showing signs that the cumulative effects of this man-made assault are now having a significant effect on their very existence. About one-quarter of coral reefs worldwide are already considered to be damaged beyond repair. Massive coral bleaching events have been occurring more often worldwide and the frequency with which these events are occurring has a devastating and prolonged effect on the reefs. Just recently the largest reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, experienced this type of event and as much as 22% of the reef had significant coral mortality. Coral reefs are found in 109 countries around the world and in 93 of those countries, they have seen significant degradation in the last few decades, making this a truly global problem. ~
Chemicals from traditional fluoridated toothpaste and plastic from toothpaste tubes and plastic toothbrushes affect marine life when they reach waterways and oceans. Switching to toothpaste tablets and bamboo toothbrushes is a small step that can have a huge cumulative effect as it becomes the new normal.
Hiking and cleaning a lake and the river that feeds it with @pm_shiner and making sure to get Quinn all muddy in the process.
. #isthisyours@TwistedTea@nestle .
Kalapuya and Siuslaw Home Lands, Oregon Road Trip 2019
49214 June, 2019
Did you know 80% of litter in the sea comes from inland? This is according to the environmental charity @ksbscotland •
While on a hike to The Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps early this morning, we picked up a handful of litter along the main route. There was a fairly small amount of litter, but that’s not to say that most had already blown off into Loch Long below! The most common items were shreds of wrappers, single use plastic bottle ties and fruit peel/cores. •
If you’re out and about enjoying yourself, think about removing all the packaging and putting your rolls and snacks in reusable bags/ tubs, and keeping your apple cores and banana skins for your food waste bin when you get home. Don’t forget your reusable water bottle too! •
There is a fantastic organisation called @themountainsthepeople who work tirelessly to care for these paths so we can all enjoy them safely. Please make sure you take care of the beautiful environment too as you go. If you would like to volunteer with them then get in touch via their website, alternatively do a little #2minutelitterpick as you go and help in that way! • #rhucleanupcrew#keepscotlandbeautiful #upstreambattle#Source2Sea#argyllandbute
The Kelly Family Redd Up group participated in @2minutebeachclean Day 2019 last Sunday on Hoswick Beach. This photo shows the pollution that can be removed from our environment by dedicating just two minutes on a walk!
Richard Kelly says, "It was very easy, it was only two minutes, we usually try to take something home every time we visit a beach or take the dog for a walk. Every little helps." Let's make every day a 2 Minute Beach Clean Day and pick up what we see! Fill a hand, pocket or bag wherever we are going and spread the word to encourage others! 💚
Day 126. Singing the blues.
Not sure who named this blue beauty a Red-Spotted Purple, but there you go. We don’t get these on Cape Cod, so I watched her with delight for quite a while. And a Giant Leopard moth, so cool. Yeah, it was dead, but again, not something I ever see (maybe even have ever seen). Gorgeous. And in the middle of the finding these two, a waterfall. (The only part I was actually expecting) Quite the walk. And only 2 pieces of plastic the entire way. Location: Waldrop Stone Falls.
I’m going to like visiting here. #clemsonfamily #ayearofplastic #keepamericabeautiful #keepsouthcarolinabeautiful #stopusingsingleuseplastic #2minutelitterpick
Did a #2minutelitterpick when passing by Kung Oskars bro on my way to work 👆🏻 Filled up my bike basket in no time, mostly with @max_hamburgare_sverige litter: cups (8), cartons (2), plastic straws (5), plastic cup covers (2), sauce cup covers (3) and deflated balloons (like 20) 😢 This area is always a mess!
@max_hamburgare_sverige Can you please extend the area that you clean? Your litter is obviously not confined to the parking lot but is scattered all over the neighbourhood. Once you show that you are a company that cares about the neighbourhood and the local environment, I’d be happy to return as customer. 🙂
📍Kung Oskars bro, Lund
44013 June, 2019
Every plastic loop or ring out in our environment is a potential killer. So many animals have been seen with something like this stuck around their neck or beak, and there will be plenty more that don’t get found. Each piece you pick up could save a life. 🙏💙 #2minutebeachclean#2minutelitterpick#2minutestreetclean
our early morning walk in the cemetery is one of Rolo’s favourites (🐿🐿) & I enjoy the calmness & flora/fauna. During the spring/summer months we get used to the noise of strimmers & pick up stray line as we go 💚
This is what we picked up today!!
I caught up with the two guys doing the work & showed them my bag. The older guy then had a real go at the younger guy blaming him. I noticed one was using red line, the other yellow so both were to blame.
I came home & tried to speak to someone at the council 🤷🏻♀️ told someone would call me back 🤷🏻♀️ so I’ve sent a lengthy email with pics & await their response.
I would rather see longer grass & intact graves instead of strewn strimmer line, grass clippings, damaged flowers & everything else that gets blitzed. This line is a danger to wildlife, mass littering and so disrespectful 💚😢💙
. #2minutelitterpick#lovewhereyoulive #littering#pickitup#dangertowildlife #pickitupsnapitshareit#bethechange #plasticpollution#strimmerlinelitter
fear won’t go
have to do it
afraid” @davinamccall 💚
My first tunnel! 🏄♀️ A couple of weeks ago, paddleboarding with @jasondelaterreta in Hebden Bridge & he kindly took me through my first tunnel. 🌿
It wasn’t hugely long but as you can see from the sign, there was a bend in it - which meant you couldn’t see the end when you first started. 😲
The first time on my knees & the second standing! My legs were shaking & I just kept telling myself to breathe & that I could do it. And that the drips were just water... all good. No scary monsters! 😆
Swipe to the last pic to see a v cool & quite spooky shot of us from his GoPro. 😊👻 There is a tunnel that is a mile - yes, a mile! 👻😲- long on the @desmondfamilycanoe that I’m paddleboarding in the summer for my #PaddleboardTheNorth challenge for @2minutebeachclean & @waveprojectuk. 🏄♀️🐳 This was a really great experience and I’m so grateful for his kindness & encouragement. 🙌
He’s the only person to have done what I’m going to do, so his support has been incredible. Genuinely, he’s an absolute star! 🙌⭐️ What have you done recently when you were afraid & did it anyway? Please do share! Jo xx 🙌
Oxygen comes from the ocean
Where does the oxygen we breathe come from? According to @natgeo, rainforests are responsible for roughly one-third (28%) of the Earth’s oxygen but most (70%) of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants. The remaining 2 percent of Earth’s oxygen comes from other sources. The ocean produces oxygen through the plants (phytoplankton, kelp, and algal plankton) that live in it. These plants produce oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis, a process which converts carbon dioxide and sunlight into sugars the organism can use for energy. Kelp forests are an essential part of marine ecosystems, helping keep the water oxygenated and serving as refuge for certain species of fish.
However, recent studies have shown phytoplankton have begun ingesting microplastics. The consumption of microplastics at this stage of the food chain means that larger fish and marine mammals inevitably have plastic as part of their diet. That means that whenever you’re consuming fish you’re probably consuming trace amounts of plastic already. That’s something to keep in mind next time you’re having sushi.
Microplastics are pieces of plastic smaller than 5 mm, and come from a variety of sources ranging from clothing to larger pieces of plastic broken down by UV rays from the sun while they’re at sea. Most plastic present in our oceans isn’t huge chunks of plastic, rather it’s these smaller pieces that are being eaten by plankton.
Next time you’re by the beach, a hiking trail or just walking on the street, try to take a couple of pieces of litter or plastic you see. Every little piece that we keep from our oceans makes a difference. Another way to help the environment is by reducing our individual plastic consumption wherever we can . This helps pave the way to a more sustainable world. By switching to a bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste tablets, you’re dramatically reducing your use of plastic in your oral care routine without neglecting it.
What other simple swaps have you done to reduce your plastic footprint?
57211 June, 2019
I can’t believe that six years ago I was having a really tough time and didn’t know what to do with myself. Who would have thought that I would be selected as a @british.canoeing Women’s Paddlesports Ambassador for 2019? There are 10 of us, across canoeing & kayaking, paddleboarding & SUP yoga. We’re all different ages, with me being the oldest at 54! 🏄♀ 🛶 🌊
Through my work as an ambassador I hope to share the joy of paddle boarding with others, and my appreciation for water and nature, as well as showing how accessible SUP is how it’s never too late to learn.
I’m also working on doing my bit for the planet - a #2minutebeachclean or #2minutelitterpick on the beach, in the sea, on a canal, river or reservoir is a great way to give back to the places that bring so much joy to us.
On July 27th I will take on a personal challenge of #paddleboardthenorth - I aim to SUP 16 – 18 miles each day, 162 miles, coast to coast from Liverpool to Goole along the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, incorporating the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. I’ll encounter 105 locks and 57 swing bridges. The trail is a project run by the waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal and River Trust. I am fundraising for two important causes : The Wave Project & #2MinuteBeachClean .
Find your green space and care for it. We're lucky enough to have #roundhaypark on our door step. It saddens me that this beautiful green space is still lettered with rubbish. That's why even a two minute walk and litter pick makes a difference. If we all walked and cleaned our planet would be a much better place for us and the many animals who's homes these spaces are. #2minutelitterpick#beautiesforacause@missearthuk@missearth#finalist
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a concert. I was appalled at all the trash left by people. The most ridiculous item was balloons. These get filled with nitrous oxide and less than 5 minutes later tossed on the ground. Talk about single use litter!
I understand that with the euphoriant effects this isn’t going to stop anytime soon. So I challenge anyone to come up with a plant based alternative for the inhalation of nitrous oxide gas.
I wonder how many of your most vivid and cherished childhood memories are connected to being outdoors?
Running around like wild things in the woods, getting muddy, wet and generally enjoying the kind of childhood all of us should be lucky enough to experience.
The second of these three images is probably my favourite. A study of quiet concentration as a four and ten year watch a dragonfly lay its eggs in a pond. Now don't get me wrong, that level of concentration can be duplicated with a screen or plastic (🤮) toy, but will it be as enriching? Will it change their perspective on the world? Will it teach them about the fragility of our ecosystems and how easily they can be destroyed?
These inexpensive and repeatable experiences are the foundations upon which all childhoods should be built.