Length of beach covered ~ 200m
Sacks collected – 17
Volunteers – 50 from the elementary school in the main village.
Main items collected – I was surprised at how many plastic bottles I found on Malapascua, more than anywhere else I have cleaned. As an island removed from municipal waste services and recycling the island is struggling with waste.
Beach clean report.
These kids cleaned faster than any university students I’d been on the beaches with. It was inspiring to see how they got stuck in. This clean up was following a presentation I did in the classroom. It was the afternoon, the kids were bored because People and the Sea had already shared a lot of the information with them about the dangers of marine plastic. Okay its not great that kids were bored, but it is great that they were already aware of the dangers of plastic pollution because of the work People and the Sea are doing there. Awareness + love of the environment = action to protect.
The other beaches around Malapascua
When I was in Malapascua I took a tour of the island on my bambike. The habagat winds were still blowing and trash lined the western side of the island whereas on the eastern side things weren’t so bad. This shows that the wind has a big impact on plastic distribution, and I now know that from hearing countless post typhoon clean up stories where a whole lot of trash from the ocean lands on the beach following the storm. The hard thing about ocean plastic is that it is often redistributed from areas that can handle it, to areas that absolutely can’t, like Midway Island, the Marshall Islands, the Great Pacific Garbage patch, and in this case Malapascua Island. I took a video as this was one of the worst beaches for plastic waste that I saw the whole trip, that’s on our FB page. But here are some images below.