Take a stroll along any beach after a storm and you will get an idea of just how much litter is floating around in the world’s oceans: the sand is strewn with plastic bottles, flip-flops, scraps of fishing net and timber. The scene is the same the world over, for the seas are full of garbage.

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
Izmir harbour in 2011

As plastics are particularly durable, the mass of plastic debris in the world’s oceans is steadily increasing – often with fatal consequences for countless sea creatures.

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
Credit: Plastic Pollution Coalition

Sadly, a lot of the rubbish on beaches is left there by humans!

We can all play a part in reducing the pollution on our beaches, which in turn ends up in the sea. The best way is to dispose of your rubbish responsibly however, whilst the oceans are full of rubbish there will be a need to carry out beach cleans too…

Sea Shore Savers

On Sunday, Çalış Kids Club and helpers met at the stretch of public beach just before Şat in Çalış, for the fourth Sea Shore Savers event, organised by Kate Topcu and Sharon Baltacı.

Sea Shores Savers is a practical, fun way to educate kids on the importance of protecting the environment, the impact rubbish has on our surroundings and the devastating impact it has on Loggerhead Sea Turtles and other marine creatures.

The event started with a session and guessing game on how long it takes for different items left on the beach to break down.

 

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

Did you know plastic grocery bags take anywhere from 10-1000 years to decompose? Researchers fear that some bags may never fully decompose; instead they gradually just turn into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic.

In photos

The cleanup

Sea Shore Savers -29 Nisan 2018
This is the same stretch of beach that was cleaned by Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut on 30th January this year!
Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
Thank you to Fethiye Environmental and Protection Department for providing us with gloves and bags
Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
What’s so great about these days is everyone gets happily stuck in
Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
What’s so great about these days is everyone get’s happily stuck in
Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
What’s so great about these days is everyone get’s happily stuck in

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
This rubbish was collected in less than an hour
Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
An hour very well spent

Getting rid of the rubbish

Kaydem Plastik is a recycling contractor working with Fethiye Municipality. Kenan from Kaydem Plastik was there helping out and at the end of the cleanup the bags were loaded up and taken away.

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean
Kenan from Kaydem Plastik loading up the bags

Video by Süleyman Akbay  – “We’re at Şat Beach in Çalış doing the Sea Shore Savers beach clean with the kids.The beach is full of rubbish even though there are signs saying please take your rubbish with you”

Enjoying the clean beach

After the clean up it was time to enjoy the lovely clean beach. Beach games for the kids…and the big kids!

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

Followed by a picnic

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

Sea Shore Savers and Growing Up Two

Sea Shore Savers - more than just a beach clean

The group was joined by Sam Özer Growing Up Two. Sam can along with her twin boys to take part in the event. Click here to read Sam’s blog about the day.

And here’s a final word from the kids…

“Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut” – “Keep Turkey Clean”

Click here for more information about Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut

Click here for more information about Çalış Kids Club

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