World Oceans Day – Janelize Harman

On Saturday, 10 June, I collaborated with Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa and we spent the morning cleaning-up Kings Beach. Family and friends joined, we even had some special visitors, a previous Miss Earth National finalist Adria van der Merwe and Miss teen PE Nadine Smuts.

Some couples challenged each other to see who could collect the most waste, some parents brought their children who even braved the cold water to collect some plastic items, some pet lovers brought their dogs and some just had a nice stroll along the beach while cleaning-up. After spending more than an hour collecting waste we gathered back at the same spot we met and we then found out that we collected more than 131kg of waste. Prizes were given to those who picked up the most disgusting items and even the weirdest items. Imagine if we spent more time there how much waste we could actually collect, but the idea is to show people that they can make a difference and it does not even take up much of their time.

It saddens me to see how many straws and cigarette stompies were on the beach, it is those little things that have the worst effect on our animals in the oceans. According to Ellen MacArthur if nothing changes by 2025 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish in the sea.

If you have the mindset that you are not enough to make a difference, you are completely wrong. Waste stops with you. #WasteStopsWithMe

“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you are.”

 

 

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