Get involved – it’s Clean Coasts Week

Clean Coasts Week is a celebration of our beautiful coastline and brings together beach lovers from all over to do something positive and combat marine litter. The week long events kicked off last Friday with marram grass planting and coastal clean ups around the country. The event will run on til the 15th of May, so there’s plenty more to get involved with.

Clean Coast are operated by An Taisce and do some fantastic work engaging in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. They arrange coastal clean ups, marine litter surveys and actively get out there to promote awareness through their road shows. They also promote a number of initiatives like 2 Minutes Beach Clean, Beat the Bead and Think Before you Flush. These initiatives are easy things we can all do to help keep our beaches litter free and our oceans clean.

The events continue all week with some of the highlights include the launch of their Love Your Coast Photography Competition, an outdoor screening of Jaws on Sandymount Strand, seal release and beach cleans, talks and beach activities including yoga, games and fitness.

Clean coasts week: Tra na mBo Lightning by Kieran Russell: winning image in the Landscape category

Tra na mBo Lightning by Kieran Russell: winner in the Love Your Coast Photo Competition 2015 in the Landscape category

Join in and make a difference next Saturday by taking part in their National #2minutebeachclean day. Take two minutes out of your day to do a quick beach clean. This small act makes a world of difference towards keeping our beaches clean and safe. Make sure you get a photo and use the hash tag and tag @cleancoasts for a chance to win a clean coasts t-shirt.

Read more: 5 easy changes you can make to help keep our seas clean

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Ann Robinson
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