Ahoy, me hearties! Head to your local beach and get hunting for trash.
Although it may not be treasure, collecting rubbish and disposing of it properly can save lives. Don’t live near the ocean? Head to a nearby reserve or park.
Each year more than seven billion tonnes of rubbish enters the sea. Marine debris may be dumped or blown off ships and stationary platforms at sea, but 80% of rubbish found in oceans comes from the land. On its journey to the ocean, rubbish injures and kills wildlife and pollutes the ecosystems that they depend on for food and shelter, and to raise their young. Thousands of animals become trapped in or choke on the rubbish that we throw away. Shiver me timbers! That makes me angry. ARRR!
Top tip: You don’t need to organise a neighbourhood clean-up to get your streets looking their best. Keep a small rubbish bag in your bag and you can collect any litter you find on the way to or from school!