Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches Branch and youth travel leader, Contiki, have teamed up to bring a beach clean-up tour to Sydney’s Northern Beaches from Palm Beach to Manly. The tour aims to raise awareness of the dangers of single use plastics on our marine environments as part of it’s national Rise Above Plastics campaign.
The first beach clean-up was held with Contiki staff at the Ocean Care Day Festival (7th December 2014) at Manly Beach, and included a presentation from Barton Lynch, 1998 Billabong Pro and World Title winner.
Each clean-up event is open to the public and includes information on the dangers of single use plastics to our marine environment and the submission of debris data to Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
According to the recently re-established Plastic Bag Free NSW (PBFNSW) campaign, an effort to lobby the NSW Government for a ban on ultra-thin plastic bags in the State, Australians use more than 4,000,000,000 plastic checkout-style bags per year and these plastic bag’s are directly responsible for killing tens of thousands of birds, whales, seals and turtles every year.
Contiki Managing Director, Katrina Barry, said “With over 52 years’ experience helping Australian travellers create memories around the world, Contiki is very proud to be contributing to such a worthwhile cause here in our own backyard.
“Ocean conservation is core to Contiki’s sustainability program, Contiki Cares, making this partnership with Surfrider, an incredible organisation that has been protecting Australia’s coastlines for over 23 years, such a perfect fit. We encourage as many people as possible to get involved and join this beach clean-up tour.”
Surfrider believes simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue and that few people use or enjoy the ocean as much as surfers, and few people are in a better position to take a leadership role in protecting it and keeping it clean.