The ‘Take 3‘ message is simple: take three pieces of rubbish with you when you
leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere, and you have made a difference.
Living near the beach I often see people picking up rubbish with the council organising regular beach cleanup days, which is great. I live near a popular beach though. One that is frequented by tourists and is lucky enough to be kept pretty nice. The Take 3 concept can easily be used at any beach you are visiting and with no organisation required. Simply pick up three pieces of rubbish when you’re leaving. It couldn’t be easier to make a difference to the environment.
Plastics are not biodegradable and can stay in our waterways for hundreds of years. Marine creatures sadly mistake plastic for food with tragic consequences. They are not able to digest plastic. Us humans need to look at our relationship with plastic and refuse disposable plastic, reduce, re-use, recycle and respond by picking up rubbish.
Environmentalist and plastic pollution spokesperson, Tim Silverwood, is the man behind this simple concept and co-founded Take 3 in 2009.
“It’s increasingly evident that the world cannot sustain the indiscriminate abuse of resources and subsequent pollution of our biosphere. It’s not a time to procrastinate or hope someone else is going to fix it…it’s time to do something. YOU are the person you’ve been waiting for.”
Spreading awareness via television commercials, school visits and social media, Take 3 encourages everyone to share their cause with people that they know even if it’s just their family because it will all make a difference. More than 60 schools have already taken part in the program, #Take3ForTheSea.
Take a look at this short clip made by a student from St Phillips Christian College at Port Stevens; it explains a piece of plastic’s journey from the street to the sea where it effects so many creatures and in the end, us too.
After hearing about the initiative, I took my little boy down to our local hang out spot by the beach and instead of telling him, “Don’t touch the rubbish because it’s dirty“, I said, “Pick it up and Mummy will put it in the bin“. Three year old Nate was pretty excited with being allocated the task and so we shall continue to do this when we go to the beach.
So this Thank You Thursday Miss Fish Biz and little Nate say ‘big smiles from us’. We think your clean beach idea is super and we’ll be sure to share it with all our friends.
Miss Fish Biz