Clean beach campaign on crest of a wave with surf star Easkey
ONE of Ireland's top female surfers has called on the public to join in cleaning up the nation's beaches.
Easkey Britton is urging the public to get involved in the Clean Coasts Week which kicks off on Friday.
Coasts Week 2015 runs from May 8 to May 17 and organisers say everybody is invited to get involved in protecting and celebrating a beach they love.
"Clean Coasts Week is about the power of the ocean to connect. Through coming together to celebrate our coasts at Clean Coasts events around the country and by joining local groups for beach clean-ups we create a stronger sense of community and a community connected by the sea," said Easkey who's a Clean Coasts Ambassador.
"No matter how challenging the problem of marine litter might seem, together, even a small act can lead to positive change," she added.
A recent United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) report estimated that 8m individual litter items enter the marine environment every day.
The group says the level of litter is clearly evident along Ireland's coastline.
In 2014 Clean Coasts groups removed a staggering 500,000 marine litter items from Ireland's beaches.
Marine litter includes a range of materials that have been deliberately discarded, or accidentally lost on shore or at sea.
It includes materials that are carried out to sea from land, rivers, drainage, sewerage systems and even by the wind.
Speaking at the launch Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts Manager (inset) at An Taisce, said they hoped to clean 100 beaches during the initiative.
"Every piece of litter removed is one less item that will pollute our oceans or be ingested by marine life," she said.
In addition to the many beach cleans that will be taking place there are also Coastal Celebration events, including the National #2MinuteBeachClean Day.
The project will call on sea lovers to don their wellies and brace the elements for a two minute tidy up.
Organisers say if enough people turn out to offer just two minutes of their time a huge impact will be seen on our coastlines.
As well as the clean-up Clean Coasts will be hosting the Love Your Coast photography competition, film screenings, Coastal talks, Beat the Microbead Day and lots more.