CORK people are being urged to make one of their New Year's resolutions a pledge to clean up their local area in two minutes and in doing so protect the Irish coast and waterways.
A Clean Coasts campaign wants to let people know that they don’t need to commit to a huge New Year’s resolution that they may not be able to sustain to make a difference.
A #2minutebeachclean is an easy pledge to make that is flexible and can be built on as the year moves forward.
Mark McCarthy from Cork, who was shortlisted in this year’s Ocean Hero Awards in the #2minutebeachclean Leader Award category, is keen to promote the initiative.
“I am a huge supporter of the #2minutebeachclean initiative. I am absolutely mad about the sea and I have been since I was a little boy.
“My love for the sea doesn’t stop at playing in it, I like to keep it clean too and pass on a bit of that love I have to the next generation. When we are on the coast or a nature trail, we just take away whatever doesn’t belong there,” he added.
Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager said:
“The #2minutebeachclean is such a great initiative. So many people around Ireland share their #2minutebeachclean on social media, and that helps show how easy it is to get involved. By taking part, not only do you make an immediate positive impact for the marine environment and wildlife, but it’s also a chance to spend time outdoors by the sea, exercise, and even practice mindfulness.”
This year 2,000 people pledged to do a #2minutebeachclean and received a kit.
For 2022, Clean Coasts are calling people around Ireland to visit their website and pledge to do a #2minutebeachclean to receive a reusable individual beach clean kit containing a tote bag and gloves. To receive your own kit, people can visit the Clean Coasts website at cleancoast.org