World Clean-up Day falls on the 18th September and this year The Clean Earth Trust and Fairtrade Guernsey have teamed up to host a beach clean.
The clean-up will start at Rousse at midday and finish with a survey of findings at 2pm. Fairtrade refreshments and snacks will be provided for volunteers taking part in the event.
World Clean-Up Day is also falling during the Great Big Green Week, taking place from 18th to 26th September. The Fairtrade Foundation is a coordinating partner of GBGW, which aims to be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in Britain. Thousands of events taking place under the GBGW banner will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.
“During this week and in the run-up to COP26, we are calling on people and politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change. While the world's wealthiest 10 percent are responsible for 50 percent of global emissions, it's those earning the least in lower income countries, such as the smallholder farmers who grow our coffee, bananas, tea and coffee, who are being forced into extreme hardship by more extreme, unpredictable weather and greater pressure on natural resources. Although Guernsey is a relatively small player on the global stage, we can all play our part in building a fairer, greener and more sustainable future by prioritizing the environment in our decision-making, both on a personal and at a political level,” explains Hannah Davis, Secretary of Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group.
“Beach cleaning is not only about picking up litter; it’s a clear, consistent and prevalent message of how current systems are failing. We have become so out of balance that our waste is continuing to spill into the environment, causing serious harm to ecosystems and wildlife. Coming together for a clean-up is an accessible way to take part in climate action, and demonstrating the issue,” adds Helen Quin, Head of Operations at The Clean Earth Trust.
Those interested in taking part can sign up via The Clean Earth Trust website or Facebook page. The event is free to take part and all equipment will be provided. For more information email email@example.com