Make-over at popular beach

Make-over at popular beach

Lyall Bay Beach will soon be the backdrop of a clean-up where people of all ages get behind marine conservation. Photo: Jamie-Lee Bracken.

Windy Lyall Bay will get a makeover when people band together to get rid of rubbish that litters the popular beach tomorrow.

New Zealand charity Our Seas, Our Future is spearheading the all-day event which gives anyone a chance to paddle in the surf and engage in the beach clean-up which will start 10am at the Lyall Bay Surf Club.

Our Seas, Our Future is 100% volunteer-run and holds nationwide conservation events to encourage Kiwis to engage in marine conservation.

 

Trustee Noel Jhinku (correct) said the charity held events that aligned with its four brands: plastic-free New Zealand, more marine resources, sustainable sea foods and climate action.

Tomorrow’s event primarily falls under the plastic-free movement. Jhinku hoped it would make participants more aware of how their behaviour affected marine life.

“I think from a general point of view people will go home with a better awareness of the marine environment and if people come tomorrow and take part in the clean-up I’m sure they’ll find rubbish.”

The event is part of “New Zealand Sea Week” an annual movement that encourages learning about the sea from its inhabitants.

Our Seas, Our Future was also behind a 2014 petition with 16,000 signatures that helped push the government to get rid of single-use plastic bags.

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