Take 5 pieces of trash and save seas and oceans!

Green Sail, a European non-profit organisation that deals with sustainable tourism within the nautical sector, has launched a clean-up campaign, Green Sail Takes 5! to honour this year’s World Oceans Day which is globally celebrated the 8th of June.

Green Sail has called for a global movement to help protect our seas and oceans in no more than 5 minutes. The campaign is encouraging everyone to take a short break on the 8th of June, no matter where a person lives in the world, collect 5 pieces of waste and post a photo of their clean-up on social media using the hashtag #GreenSailTakes5.

Considering that 90% of the waste found in our seas and oceans comes directly from land-based sources, every piece of waste from the mainland, regardless of its size, can have a huge effect on the health of our waterways. Whether it is thrown directly into the sea, blown from landfills into drains and rivers, or transferred through sewer pipes from everyday household items, it is precisely our seas and oceans that become the final destination for trash. By removing land-based waste for just 5 minutes during this campaign, any participant can indirectly make a great contribution to the cleanliness of our waterways and help our seas and oceans stay healthy.

Participants are encouraged to make this year’s World Oceans Day as simple or as large as they can! This is a great opportunity to get together with family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, or even get involved as an individual to collect at least 5 pieces of rubbish from a local area. For each person that Takes 5, there will be five fewer pieces of trash that could end up in our seas and oceans.

Anyone can get involved by joining Green Sail’s Facebook Group, where useful information on how to participate in the clean-up is shared regularly and participants can communicate prior to the event. The group has already been joined by like-minded people from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Estonia and Cambodia, who are committed to the challenge of helping to protect our seas and oceans!

Additional detailed information on the clean-up can be found on Green Sail’s official website and Facebook page.

PHOTO CREDITS: picture from Green Sail's Facebook page