The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is looking to hook up people over 50 with their first ever MCS beach clean.
The Marine Conservation Society is running a clean up for over 50s at Bournemouth Beach on Friday 2 June specifically aimed at those born in 1967 or before, and who have never taken part in a beach clean in their half century or more.
The clean up at Bournemouth is part of a series of beach cleans around the south and east coasts of England funded by NESTA, the innovation foundation. The aim is to encourage people over 50 to start volunteering in something they’ve never done before and then for organisations to find innovative ways to keep them coming back for more.
If you were born in 1967 or before, it was a period of great firsts – Coronation Street hit our screens for the first time, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space and the first ring pull can was invented. Wimbledon went colour on BBC2 and the first heart transplant took place.
Now MCS is hoping people who have had so many firsts in their lifetime will embrace another first – taking part in a beach clean with MCS.
Justine Millard, MCS Head of Volunteering and Community Engagement says: “We’d love people to join our army of 50 somethings off to do their very first beach clean with MCS.
“Over 50s are often of the generation that went to the beach as children and have then spent intervening years holidaying out of the UK. Their memory of the seaside may be totally different from today’s reality. Today there’s more plastic litter, more polystyrene, more cigarette butts, more bits of balloons. We’d like them to help us get our beaches back to the way they remember them – so our grandchildren and those of our friends, can build safe sandcastles in a healthy environment.”
MCS says UK beaches are covered in litter which blows there from inland, arrives via rivers and washes in on the tide.
“As the ‘flower power’ generation, we don’t want to be remembered as the people who turned our back on our beaches,” says Justine Millard. “We’re always keen to see as many people at our beach cleans as possible. So if you are over 50 please bring family and friends with you – whatever their age.”
f you were born before May 1967 or before and can get to Bournemouth on Friday 2 June at 10am, then please register today at http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events.