Taking part in a beach clean-up has a number of benefits, both for the environment and on a personal level.
Marine life protection
Marine animals will often mistake small pieces of plastic for food, and over time consuming it becomes too much for their bodies. Many of them will eventually succumb to the plastic waste. Study after study has shown that a large number of marine animal deaths are now a direct result of marine debris. All it takes is one tiny bottle cap, cigarette butt, or something as simple as a straw and animals can suffer an unimaginable fate.
Good practice for responsible and sustainable tourism.
Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. The beauty of the coastal areas and beaches are a primary attraction and perception of cleanliness affects the probability of people returning to the area in the future.
Supporting the community
They are a great way of spending a few hours with friends and meeting new people in the community. They bring about a change in the mindset of those who take part. After picking up and filling trash bags with plastic from the beach, it becomes harder to continue to use them, especially things like plastic water bottles.
Bearing all this in mind, the Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut (Keep Turkey Clean) project arranged a beach clean to take place in Çalış on Tuesday.
Çalış beach clean
The section of Çalış beach near Şat was chosen for the clean up as it is a popular area for picnics and fishermen and is strewn with rubbish. All you need is a windy day or a storm with a high tide and this rubbish ends up in the sea.
A picture speaks a thousand words
Have a look at our gallery of photographs from the cleanup. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.
Rubbish was strewn along the hedgeways and thrown on the floor where a bin used to be.
Plastic bottles and other rubbush just left on the beach amongst the driftwood.
Recycling bins full of all types of rubbish. At least there are some people who use the bins!
Undeterred the group set off with gloves and bags to clean it up.
It’s great to see local businesses getting involved.
Local cafe owner, Yusuf, joined in too and cleaned the beach area directly around the cafe.
Mahmut Bayrakdar sent along a team from Fethiye Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Department to help on the day.
Just over an hour and around thirty bags of rubbish later, this is how the area looked. Beautiful and CLEAN! What a satisfying feeling…
The Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part.
More about Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut (Keep Turkey Clean)
Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut is a project inspired by and started as a result of the tremendous response Mick Scarsbrook received to a video he produced to tackle the rubbish problem in the area.
çok şanşliyim benim ilk videom ''Türkiye Bir Cennet'' 20 milyon görüntülenmiş bir yılda lütfen her yerde paylaş 1080 full HD olan Youtube da bulabilirsin, Mick Scarsbrook ara
Posted by Mick Scarsbrook on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Working together with Fethiye Belediyesi Çevre Koruma ve Kontrol Müdürlüğü (Fethiye Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Department), the project aims to tackle the issue in three main areas; education, raising awareness and cleanups.
For more information and to keep up to date with progress and future cleanup events, please click here to visit (and LIKE) Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut on Facebook.