Today, Ryan Pawell and I held our first event as founders of Surfrider Australia Eastern Beaches branch. We were supported by some other volunteers/friends embarking on a clean-up of MacKenzies Beach, as our effort in the rise above plastics. MacKenzies Beach is situated between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, New South Wales and is actually one of the smallest beaches in the state.
At first I thought the beach was fairly clean, without a clear sign of much rubbish at all.
I was wrong.
If you’ve never been to MacKenzies Beach, it’s made up of mostly rocks, which serves as an unfortunate collection point for rubbish, due to currents and irresponsible beach-goers.
Our small team were busy picking up rubbish for a good hour and managed to collect over 4 large garbage bags-full.
Here are the photos from the day:
You can get involved or keep up to date with the Surfrider Australia Eastern Beaches branch by liking our Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/SurfriderAustraliaEasternBeaches
Rise Above Plastics
The Surfrider Organisation’s mission for the Rise Above Plastics is to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.
Here is a very sad example of how damaging plastics can be in our oceans to innocent birdlife thousands of kilometres away. It’s also a good reminder to dispose of any rubbish responsibly when visiting the beach.