Taking trash out of beach
IT TOOK a small army of beachcombers 30 minutes to collect 50kg of waste from Whiting Beach in Yamba on Wednesday.
Led by environmentalists Tim Silverwood and Adrian Midwood, about 40 people picked up hundreds of plastic bottles, plastic bags and discarded cans.
The beach clean-up is part of an organised mission by the men to educate communities on the impact of pollution on marine life.
Sailing from Brisbane to Sydney in an ecologically friendly catamaran, the pair stopped in Yamba for two days this week, holding a workshop and hosting discussions on their Talking Trash tour.
"The events were an absolute success, with about 70 people from the community coming along on Tuesday night to talk to us and watch the film," Mr Silverwood said.
"Lots of people are aware of plastic pollution but often they feel isolated.
"My ambition is to bring people together and give them solutions they can implement.
"The conversations I had with people in attendance led me to think something resonated with them and hopefully ignited a passion to compel them to make a positive difference."
Mr Silverwood's passion for the environment was sparked by his own love of surfing and the ocean.
"I felt a deep need to do something about the problem," he said.
This led him to establish Take 3 in 2009, a not for profit group dedicated to raising awareness of marine debris by encouraging each visitor to the beach to take three pieces of rubbish with them when they left.
By the end of the 27-day tour, ending in Sydney on February 3, the pair will have called in to 15 locations.