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How to Adopt Your Local Beach

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by Helenonthesofa (subscribe)
Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published July 16th 2014
Saving Nemo, and all his friends
It's well acknowledged that Perth has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, however, keeping them clean and pristine is a huge job. If you're a beach lover yourself, how would you like to adopt a bit of beach area yourself and help look after these natural gifts?

What

Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KABWA) is looking for ocean loving volunteers to join the Adopt-a-Spot program and choose a favourite waterside space to keep clean and tidy. Volunteers will be asked to dedicate 30 minutes per month to give their chosen area a quick clean up and to rid the area of harmful debris. To help you on your way, once you've registered for the program, KABWA will provide to you free resources such as bags, buckets, gloves, tools and an official adoption certificate that you can be proud of. This would make an excellent undertaking for a family, a school group, a playschool or simply a group of friends who want to do their bit for the community.

Clean your local beach
Let's work together to preserve the natural environment


Why

Cleaning up our beaches and waterside areas is particularly important not only to preserve the cleanliness of the area for human water lovers, but also for the marine life that could get harmed by the debris. Every year thousands of animals and birds are killed due to the litter that is cluttering up their habitats. Plastic bags, bottles, and packaging are ruining these natural environments, making it more crucial than ever to join in and help with the cleanup. KABWA cite a shocking statistic that an 'estimated 80 percent of marine turtles have plastics in their stomachs due to them mistaking it for food', something that we can all play a part in reducing.

Furthermore, what better way to teach our children about caring for the environment than to take action as a family to show them how it's done.

Clean your local beach
Footprints on a clean beach


How

If you are interested in joining this program here are the registration details.
You can contact the program mascot Kevin the Crab at: kevinthecrab@dec.wa.gov.au or 6467 5339. Or simply register online today here.

I've just registered my family to clean up the coastal pathway that we use almost every week. Are you going to register too?
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Why? To keep our oceans clean and save our marine wildlife
When: Whenever you feel like joining in
Phone: 6467 5339
Where: At a waterside space near you
Cost: FREE
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