Happy Clean Up Australia Day! For the past few months, the Sophia. Team and a few dedicated ocean lovers have been cleaning up the beaches, mangroves and foreshores of the local Brisbane area to free our seas of rubbish that definitely doesn't belong.
In one afternoon alone, an entire trailer load of rubbish was removed which is both tragic (because there was that much rubbish in such a small area) but also a relief because that toxic and harmful waste is no longer clogging our waterways.
Surprisingly, the majority of rubbish removed was not plastic, but glass. A collection of strange objects were also dragged from the mud including half a bike, a pair of gumboots, a full bottle of perfume and the detached piece of elastic from a pair of undies.
According to the National Geographic, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibres per square kilometre litter the deep sea. We don’t know about you, but we’re disgusted at the fact we’ve let this problem become so overwhelmingly large and quite simply, detrimental to our environment.
We’re hoping to continue our ocean clean ups every week because we know that it is definitely having a positive impact on our marine life and we’d like to see the fauna and flora flourish for a long time to come.
To do your part in helping keep the rubbish from our waterways please:
If we all work together on this, we’ll be able to help unclog the oceans and free our sea life from disturbing and unfair deaths. Please help to make a difference soon as we don't want it to become too late to fix!
Let us know what you did for Clean Up Australia Day!