Let’s lend our LOVEmyBEACH support to Morecambe Bay Partnership who are seeking funding to tackle plastic from the coast!
Our partner is seeking public votes to win funding from an internationally renowned conservation charity, to help it banish plastic from our beautiful coastline.
The only UK-based project to be shortlisted in the ‘marine’ category of the European Outdoor Conservation Association’s annual funding awards, ‘Clear the Bay by Day’ seeks to mobilise an army of volunteers to rid Morecambe Bay’s beaches and coastline of plastic waste and the new pandemic of Covid-related PPE. If this project secures the most votes by noon on Thursday 22nd October it will win the funding. Voting is now open http://bit.ly/nowvoteMBP.
Volunteers for Morecambe Bay Partnership, the charity leading this charge against plastic in Morecambe Bay, have removed 47.3 tonnes of rubbish – the equivalent of 4 double decker buses – from around the Bay in the last 17 years. Yet sadly, the amount of rubbish and COVID-related PPE waste on Morecambe Bay’s shores, cycle-ways and trails, has increased noticeably over the last 6 months. If left unchecked, plastic pollution may irreversibly harm the ecologically fragile beauty spots of the Bay.
Not only does ‘Clear the Bay by Day’ hope to remove litter with the help of an army of dedicated volunteer beach and trail cleaners, it hopes to raise awareness amongst the local communities, businesses and visitors who cherish Morecambe Bay, of how they can help reverse this worrying trend – with simple actions such as shunning the use of single-use plastics, taking litter home and passing the message on. Clear the Bay by Day also hopes to explore ways of ensuring that as little of the collected waste ends up in landfill, by working with local artists and innovative companies who are exploring alternative uses for unrecyclable plastics.
Susannah Bleakley, CEO of Morecambe Bay Partnership said “We all have a greater connection with nature since the pandemic hit us this year, this is a chance for you to give something back to nature. Please vote for this incredibly important project. The Bay is cherished by so many local people and holiday makers who share a love of this very special place. But plastic and other waste is having a hugely detrimental effect on our environment and we must take action now to reverse the trend. Please, vote now to do your bit to help save our Bay from the blight of plastic and other waste.”
Voting is open now on the EOCA website http://bit.ly/nowvoteMBP and closes at noon on Thursday 22nd October.