A call for volunteers to join Ireland’s largest coastal clean-up was come from Clean Coasts Ambassador Easkey Britton.

The Irish National Surfing Champion, who hails from Rossnowlagh, is backing the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2015 which takes place from May 8th to May 17th.

The aim of the campaign is to get people involved in protecting and celebrating a beach they love.

A recent United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) report estimated that eight million individual litter items enter the marine environment every day.

This is certainly evident along Ireland’s coastline. In 2014 Clean Coasts groups removed a staggering 500,000 marine litter items from our beaches.

Speaking at the launch Ms. Britton, Clean Coasts Ambassador,said: “Through coming together to celebrate our coasts at Clean Coasts events around the country and by joining local groups for beach clean-ups we create a stronger sense of community, a community connected by the sea. No matter how challenging the problem of marine litter might seem, together, even a small act can lead to positive change.

In addition to the many beach cleans that will be taking place there are also Coastal Celebration events, including the National #2MinuteBeachClean Day, launch of Love Your Coast photography competition, film screenings, Coastal talks, Beat the Microbead Day and lots more.

While all events are free, some are ticketed; people are encouraged to check out the website for more details. www.cleancoasts.org

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