Surfers Against Sewage Sponsors “Barefoot Friendly Beach Cleaning Tour”
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a volunteer organization dedicated to “clean, safe recreational water, free from sewage effluents, toxic chemicals, nuclear waste and marine litter.” Even landlocked folks like Joe and me, here in the Iowa Heartland, are joining the cause. We all need clean water. And we want beaches that are safe enough to walk on with bare feet. But clean beaches are growing scarce. Stories of medical waste, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, raw sewage, and disposable diapers make walking even remote beaches potentially unsafe and, often, unappealing.
In the next few days, SAS and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly will be hosting a beach cleanup tour on the shores of Britain. Join fellow environmentalists from 3 to 5 P.M. at the sites listed below. According to SAS’s Andy Cummins, as posted on the SAS website, “[V]olunteers can expect the afternoon clean-up sessions will kick off with a full introduction and briefing from the respected eco-campaigners at SAS. Each volunteer will then be given gloves and a rubbish bag and the marine litter-picking will commence. All volunteers need bring is suitable clothing for the weather.”
The event promises to be more than just hard work, however, as volunteers are encouraged to stay for a free BBQ hosted by Barefoot wines, from 5 to 6 P.M.. The BBQ will be followed at 6:30 by “fun surf quizzes” and free wine provided by Barefoot “at a local watering hole.”
Join SAS volunteers at the following tour stops in the UK:
Newquay, Cornwall (Fistral’s South end) 29th July
Croyde, Devon (Baggy Point End) 30th July
Bournemouth, Dorset (By B’mouth Pier) 31st July
Llangennith, South Wales (Hill End Campsite) 1st August
Saltburn-by-Sea, Cleveland (By the pier) 2nd August
Brighton, East Sussex (Yellow Wave, Madeira Dr) 3rd Aug
For more information about SAS’s UK Barefoot Friendly Beach Cleaning Tour, check the SAS UK website.
To find out about Barefoot Wine and Bubbly’s Beach Rescue events in the US, visit the Beach Rescue area of the Barefoot website.
Polluted waterways and beaches are a huge problem, but one we must all address, no matter where we live. As Joe has been adamant in pointing out, we inland dwellers must take responsibility for cleaning up our own waste before it flows to the seas. We may not be able to join our distant neighbors on the coasts for your cleanup activities, but we are working to reduce the mess before it gets to you.
To all those who contribute your time cleaning up beaches or inland waterways, please share your stories and photos with us. We’d love to acknowledge your efforts.