OUTDOOR BLOGGERS BIG CLEAN UP
SATURDAY 19 TO SUNDAY 27 JANUARY 2019
As a member of Outdoor Bloggers I think we can safely assume that you care about the environment and would like to do something to help nature survive and thrive. Sadly, one common aspect of the outdoors that’s difficult to miss is the abundance of litter. Not only is it unsightly, it is also a danger to wildlife and can, in the case of plastics, take thousands of years to break down. If no one clears the rubbish, it will just stay where it is forever more.
At the end of January, we will hold our fourth annual OUTDOOR BLOGGERS BIG CLEAN UP. This (just over a) week-long event encourages Outdoor Bloggers members from around the UK, and in fact all over the world, to spend a little bit of time collecting rubbish that is littered about their local areas.
Research published in the journal Anthropocene suggests that Humans have made enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in cling film, and that no part of the planet is free of the scourge of plastic waste. Everywhere is polluted with the remains of water containers, supermarket bags, polystyrene lumps, compact discs, cigarette filter tips, nylons and other plastics. Some are in the form of microscopic grains, others in lumps. And the impact is highly damaging to wildlife, nature, the environment, and our resources.
Inspired by a number of ambitious campaigns, such as Kids Against Plastic and Plastic Patrol, Outdoor Bloggers members are encouraged to litter pick every time they go out. However, in order to have a bit of a larger impact in our local area, the fourth annual Outdoor Bloggers big clean up will take place at the end of January 2019, and we are hoping you will want to take part.
Rather than all coming together to do one massive litter pick in a random location in middle England that only a small handful of us can get to, this event doesn’t involve any travelling for anyone – you take part wherever you happen to be.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS…
At some point from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 January 2019, whenever and wherever it is convenient for you, go out for a walk lasting an hour (or more, but an hour is what we are asking for) in the countryside close to your home/work/wherever you happen to be. Go on your own, with your family, take your work colleagues or friends along, it’s up to you.
While you are out, collect up all the rubbish you see; take a bag or two and some gloves!
Take a photograph of your “haul” at the end of your walk, and post it on twitter and/or instagram stating the number of items you have collected (and listing any stand out items) with our hashtag #OutdoorBloggers. We’ll total up all the items collected by Outdoor Bloggers members during the week-long event and let you all know how we’ve done.
Put the waste in a suitable bin to give it the best chance possible of being recycled and not ending up in landfill.
And if you can, share your litter pick experience on your blog to encourage others to also do their part.
Are you up for this? Let us know over on the Outdoor Bloggers facebook page or using our twitter hashtag #OutdoorBloggers. Let’s do our part to rid the world of ugly and damaging plastic waste.