Big Beach Clean in
IN an extraordinary
display of environmental stewardship and community
spirit, 7,700 Clean Coasts volunteers rolled up their
sleeves and removed a staggering 46 tonnes of litter all
across the country as part of the Big Beach Clean. That
is the equivalent of 12 hippos!
In County Donegal, 14 groups and 200 volunteers removed
an estimated 1.3 tonnes of marine litter. Clean ups
happened in various locations throughout Inishowen.
The amazing 5th and 6th classes from the local Clonmany
N.S. joined Clean Coasts Officer, Alena Kunkel, for a
talk and clean up on their local beach at Tullagh Bay.
The children learned about sand dunes, their formation
and function, as well as local flora and fauna. Instead
of learning about nature protection from schoolbooks,
they took action and joined a worldwide citizen science
project on marine litter. The children each took a small
item from the beach to identify it and create a marine
stall at their own school, where they can continue to
learn about their favourite beach. The 22 amazing
volunteers and their principal and teachers collected 11
bags of rubbish, making Tullagh Bay a cleaner place for
all to enjoy.
Clonmany N.S. students
joined Clean Coasts Officer, Alena Kunkel, for a talk
and clean up at Tullagh Bay.
Volunteers from the
Glengad Community Centre came together to clean up their
local pier and beach. 20 bags of litter were collected
during the clean-up and the volunteers were treated to a
well deserved cup of tea and something sweet afterwards.
One of the volunteers also picked up the arguably best
find of the weekend: a 50 Euro note.
Culdaff Tidy Towns is one
of the Clean Coasts groups from Inishowen who joined the
Big Beach Clean 2023.