Noosa Environmentally Friendly Community Clean-Ups!
It’s Plastic Free July once more, and this time, Plastic Free Noosa is taking charge of numerous clean-up initiatives across Noosa’s Villages. These clean-ups serve a crucial purpose in maintaining the cleanliness and beauty of our local environment. Moreover, they offer an excellent chance for both tourists and residents to come together, bond, and create a positive impact in our community.
Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. This movement has inspired 100+ million participants in 190 countries. By making a small change, we will collectively make a massive difference to our communities.
Enthusiastic students from our school eagerly gathered with some locals at Noosa Centre Carpark last Friday. Equipped with gloves and clean-up bags, they were determined to contribute to the cleanliness of the Junction. After collecting as much rubbish as they could, students who were over 18 were rewarded with a refreshing beverage at 4 Pines, one of the event’s partnering establishments. The under 18s were rewarded with an exclusive water bottle and some chocolate!
Plastic Free Noosa is committed to the protection and conservation of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve by empowering local businesses, the community, and visitors to eliminate single-use plastics from circulation.
Over 1 million marine animals across 633 marine species are killed every year due to the estimated 100 million tons of plastic debris in the ocean around the world. Noosa provides a central ocean corridor to an abundance of marine species and fauna, including our much-loved humpback whales, many resting with their calves in our bay as they journey south.
Plastic Free Noosa clean-up events are an opportunity to connect with Noosa’s rich diverse environment and be part of the solution to plastic pollution and help protect our precious marine life for generations to come. Collect microplastics and other plastic pollution from the coastline, creeks, estuaries, and rivers across Noosa.
In a significant step towards combating plastic waste and promoting sustainability, Lexis English Noosa has joined forces with Plastic Free Noosa and The Plastic Free Foundation in their series of clean-up events. These events, scheduled for the 13th, 20th, 27th, and 28th of July, aim to bring the community together to make a tangible difference in the fight against plastic pollution.
The clean-up events are taking place at some of Noosa’s most iconic locations, reflecting the commitment of the organizers to protect the region’s natural treasures.
Here’s the schedule of events:
1. Sunshine Beach Clean-Up – 13th July- The initiative kicks off with a clean-up at the picturesque Sunshine Beach. Volunteers will gather to remove plastic waste and litter from this pristine coastal area, setting the tone for a cleaner and greener Noosa.
2. Noosa Main Beach Clean-Up – 20th July- The world-famous Noosa Main Beach will be the focus of the second clean-up event. As the heart of Noosa’s tourism, this clean-up will highlight the importance of keeping our shores plastic-free to preserve the charm that attracts travelers from far and wide.
3. Noosa River Foreshore Clean-Up – 27th July- The third event will take place along the beautiful Noosa River Foreshore. The river and its surroundings are home to diverse marine life, making it essential to remove plastic waste and prevent it from reaching the ocean.
4. Noosa Junction Clean-Up – 28th July- The final event will be at Noosa Junction. This clean-up aims to foster community involvement and promote responsible waste management practices in commercial areas.
Our group was divided into smaller groups of 4, and each group was responsible for cleaning a specific area of the Junction.
Students had the chance to chat to locals who were cheering and supporting us on the streets, complimenting us for our contribution to a cleaner Noosa.
After collecting all the rubbish, we met again at a meeting point and the rubbish was separated, weighed and categorized. The data will be catalogued and added to an international database so we can have a better idea of what kind of rubbish is being produced and where.
It was a great experience for everyone involved. Some students compared the experience with “Easter Egg Hunting” as they were going through the garden beds and searching for small pieces of plastic.
Let us unite, step forward, and be the change-makers Noosa needs to preserve its natural beauty for generations to come. Together, we can create a plastic-free paradise that will continue to enchant and inspire for years ahead. Cheers!
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