A team of over 30 international students from all over the World took part in Sea Watching on the cliffs of Bull Bay and a Beach Clean in Rhosneigr on Sunday, 24th March.
The event was organised by the International Student Support Office at Bangor University as part of their Sustainability Project Internationals Go Green! together with The North Wales Wildlife Trust. The aim was to learn about the importance of recycling and environmental caring whilst helping the local community to get a cleaner beach.
Whilst spotting seals, dolphins and porpoises was fun and a lot was learned about marine wildlife, little did they know that a large amount of litter was expecting them in such a famous and beautiful Welsh spot.
The students, who gave up their free time to help the environment, ventured onto the beach with litter picks, bin bags and tons of enthusiasm. In only 2 hours, many big bags of litter had been collected with anything from plastic bottle pieces to fishing gear and rope. No matter how much work they put into it however, the beach could not be totally cleaned.
A spokesperson for Internationals Go Green said: “The Beach Clean at Rhosneigr was a real eye-opener. From afar, the beach looked pretty clean and beautiful, but when you look closely amongst the weeds, it was the tiny plastic that made up most of the litter.
“Two of the most common items found were bottle caps and, believe it or not, earbuds. Lots of earbud plastic sticks washed ashore were collected in just one afternoon in Rhosneigr due to inappropriate disposal.
“With Bangor aiming to become the first Plastic Free City in the UK, we can all do our bit to help the environment. But, what can you do? Going plastic free is really the way to go to avoid contaminating the oceans. If not plastic free, recycle and reuse your bottles, avoid dumping earbuds into toilets and avoid using straws!
“We can make a difference, it is not too late. By making little daily life changes in our behaviour we can secure a cleaner environment that will be better and safer for us and for the next generations. However, this implies making an active effort towards a better future. Will you make that effort? It’s for us – Think Global – Act Local.”
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