Saturday, 22 March 2014

EURO MP SUPPORTS LEE COMMUNITY FOR SEAFRONT CLEAN UP



On Saturday 5th April, Lee seafront will be the focus of a beach clean up, organised by Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Green Euro MP Keith Taylor.

Keith Taylor, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England said: “This event is really important in empowering the community to take action on litter and create an environment which encourages residents and visitors to deal with litter responsibly”.

“We are seeing the issue of discarded waste being addressed in the European Parliament, but activity such as the beach clean is equally as important in creating change. We know that litter on our beaches is both unsightly and dangerous to wildlife, so beach clean ups like this are tremendously important.”

April's event comes shortly after the European Parliament has called for action to slash plastic bag use by 80% across the EU by 2020. Single use plastic bags that are a symbol of today‟s "throw away society", is an item regularly washed into the sea via the shoreline and drains, releasing dangerous toxins and harming animals.

Lauren Eyles, MCS Beachwatch Officer said: “Residents in Lee clearly care about their beach and coastline by cleaning and surveying litter on our beaches through our Beachwatch programme. Organised litter picks will help reduce the threat some of our best-loved marine wildlife are under from rubbish in our seas and on beaches which they can ingest or become entangled in. Litter on our beaches is also hazardous to people, so we all have a part to play in making sure rubbish stays off our beaches and out of our seas.”

The United Nations Environment Programme has stated that 80% of marine litter originates on land. Items such plastic bags, cigarette butts, and plastic bottles can find their way into the sea contributing to the millions of tons of litter that end up in the ocean worldwide each year.

Liz Allan of Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction said: “Litter is of great concern to local residents. Lee has a wonderful beach and we want it keep it nice for those who live here all year round and for visitors. We also want to ensure that our beach is not contributing to the waste that ends up in the ocean. We hope people will be able to give a couple of hours to come and join us.”

Keith will address Litteraction supporters at 11am before the beach clean begins, until 12.30pm.

NOTES

Keith Taylor MEP and Litteraction will be meeting outside Olympia Amusements (centre of the Promenade), 5 Marine Parade East, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9LB at 11am. 

For more information about Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction events visit: www.litteraction.org.uk/lee-on-the-solent-litteraction 

On Monday 10 March, the EU Environment Committee backed a report by the European Commission that would require each government to take some form of legislative action to curb free handouts of plastic bags.



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KEITH TAYLOR
Green Party
for the South East of England 

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