Today Sea Cadets are launching their #ScrapPlastic challenge, aiming to reduce plastic use for 13 days, while cleaning up local waterways and fundraising to get more young people on the water, and are encouraging others to do the same.
The 13 day challenge, one day for every tonne of plastic in the oceans includes cutting out plastic products and finding plastic free alternatives in order to prove how making small changes can make a big impact.
Cadets each spend an average of 30 hours on the waterways every year, thus getting first-hand experience of the damage waste and pollution are inflicting on the environment.
For every pound raised, 90p will go towards Sea Cadets’ onshore bursaries, giving young people opportunities to get out on the water and experience it for themselves. 10p will go to the Marine Conservation Society to contribute towards the great work they do in looking after the ocean.
Sea Cadets encourages you to get involved in your local Sea Cadets unit, or to try the 13 day challenge yourself. You can also promote their #ScrapPlastic challenge on social media using the hashtag. Visit sea-cadets.org/scrap-plastic to find out more and download your challenge pack.
Sea Cadets have also teamed up with Beach Guardian to create a top tips video for staying safe when cleaning up plastic in your local waterways, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzIvlXbN90E