Charity launches largest clean up event ever

Created in response to the pandemic, Surfers Against Sewage has launched the Million Mile Clean, seeking to support 100,000 volunteers walking 10 miles whilst cleaning the places they love.

According to new research, 54 per cent of Brits think that coronavirus has led to an increase in plastic pollution, whilst 59 per cent have seen more waste in their area over the last 12 months. Recent figures also indicate that half of Brits say they see more plastic on UK beaches than wildlife, whilst more that four in ten feel their mental health has deteriorated as a result of lockdown.

The new campaign reflects and celebrates a national mood of hope and optimism as the country emerges from a dark winter spent in lockdown. Surfers Against Sewage says that, now more than ever, it is crucial for us all to reconnect with the outdoors and the Million Mile Clean provides an opportunity for the public to prioritise health whilst also creating a positive impact on the environment.

Hugo Tagholm, chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage, said: “The ocean is under threat and we are running out of time to save it. We want to inspire an army of ocean activists to join the cause and put an end to plastic pollution in the UK. After more than a year of isolation, social distancing and reduced physical activity, the Million Mile Beach Clean reconnects communities with the environment and provides numerous benefits to mental health and physical wellbeing. Sign up and get involved today and together we can make a difference.”

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