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Beachcombing Australia - Cleaning Up Australia's Beaches One Short Walk At A Time

Updated on October 6, 2013

I Love The Beach, I Wish Everyone Did

I have started the Beachcombing Australia initiative. Just go to the beach for a short walk, take a rubbish bag and pick some up to throw away.

Why? Because I went to take my son for a short walk along the beach, something I hadn't done since he was born. I was absolutely horrified by the amount of rubbish. It just goes to show people just don't care anymore.

When I think about that huge pile of rubbish floating in the middle of the ocean twice the size of the United States it makes me ill that we could do such a thing to our beautiful planet. Now I know I'm just one person, and that what I'm doing isn't much; but if I can just inspire one or two other people to do the same maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference.

Photo Credit: Me, we found this little cutie on our first trip.

It's True - We Didn't Start Our First Walk Picking Up Rubbish

Cars Castle, my son was stoked!
Cars Castle, my son was stoked!

Photo Credit: Me, we found this on our most recent trip.

We weren't even thinking about rubbish. We were thinking about treasure. My two year old son loves looking for treasure, as do I. One of his favorite TV shows is 'Jake and The Neverland Pirates' who are always on the lookout for gold dubloons. So when I said to him let's take a walk at the beach he said 'YAY - Treasure!' to which I smiled and nodded.

My main idea was walking on sand is good for my thighs and will wear him out enough for nap time. Simple huh? But when we got there I kept saying 'don't pick that up - it's rubbish not treasure!'. It was terrible.

Half way through our walk I noticed some plastic bags tied to a fence - obviously there to encourage dog owners to pick up their dogs mess. But an idea struck me and I just had to run with it. I waited until we got to our turnaround point, which was when we found my son's 'treasure' - a seahorse mould. Then I started picking up rubbish all the way back.

Now we go once a week when it isn't raining. For fifteen minutes we walk looking for treasure, then the fifteen minutes back we pick up rubbish with the bags I take. Even my hubby has joined in now and is even thinking of getting a metal detector - which is funny as I have been asking for one for years!

My hope is people will read this and think:

What a great idea!

Fifteen minutes each way isn't far, will do me good and I'll be doing something great for the environment too.

After all, with all the good karma from picking up rubbish surely some of us will find treasure too!

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I'd love too but it sounds to hard and I don't have the time.

I'd love too but it sounds to hard and I don't have the time.

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  • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

    We have similar activities in our country and they have only temporary effect. It seems a lot of promotion is not necessary good thing because many people get the feeling they can throw away just everything because somebody else will clean it anyway...

  • IntoMars LM 5 years ago

    We always pick up after ourselves, but picking up after other people urks me. Just want to say you have great ambition!

  • alaiamax lm 5 years ago

    Summer will not be complete without going to the beach...:-)

I'll give it a go :-)

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  • Colin323 3 years ago

    I have mixed feelings about this. I like your public spirit - definitely - but people shouldn't drop the stuff in the first place. They probably think - if they think at all - that someone else will do their dirty work for them, which is what you are proposing.

  • GabStar 4 years ago

    @Jack2205: Well hopefully I can inspire some to do so.

  • Jack 4 years ago

    It's a great idea. People should clean up the rubbish on the beaches.

  • Nightcat 4 years ago

    Yes! We have so much trash on US beaches they look like a garbage dump. Yuck!

  • CatJGB 5 years ago

    There is not much rubbish on the beach I go to, in fact, hardly any now that I think about it. I'll have to make sure it stays that way.

  • Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

    When we go to the beach we always make sure that we pick up our rubbish before we leave. If everybody did the same we wouldn't have this problem.

  • kindoak 5 years ago

    Change starts with our kids. Too many parents fail to educate their kids properly on how to be a decent person. I pick other people´s trash whenever I go to the coast (and in parks too).

  • markadamdouglass 5 years ago

    I don't go to the beach often, but I will definitely do it next time I'm there

  • MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

    We have a two beach clean-up days where everyone takes a portion and picks up all the trash-once before summer and once after---I think this is a marvelous idea! :>)

  • sociopath-free 5 years ago

    I hate to see people use the earth as a trash can.

  • cleanyoucar 5 years ago

    Change starts with us, if all of us would do something, our collective efforts will make a difference :D

  • dscribbler 5 years ago

    I was bush walking with a friend once and he started picking up rubbish along the way. I have to admit I hadn't thought of doing it before, but then it hit me ... If we don't who will? I've been collecting rubbish ever since. Great lense.

  • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    If I lived near a beach, yep, I'd do it! As is, when I walk, I look for treasures too! I should take a bag and pick up trash too. Great idea! If everyone did it, think how better our world would look.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Good question. Planting trees, shrubs, plants mainly, but I could do more.

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      GabStar 4 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: You aren't crazy! You are doing a wonderful thing, remember if everyone did just a little like us the world would be in a much better state. I'm in Perth - Where are you?

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I take a rubbish bag with em when I walk the dog. I also pull out weeds in the nearby parkland. My partner thinks I'm crazy.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I don't throw rubbish on the pavement. Ever. And I don't have a car. And I do care in general about the consequences of my actions on other people.

      All the best with your project!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      I always try to pick up trash. I know how bummed I am when people dump garbage on my front lawn, and I can't imagine other people like it. Blessings for encouraging people to clean up.

      I''d love to walk on the bach without finding empty snack bags, food wrappers, tampon applicators, used condoms and other yuck. Too gross!

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Hope you will find lots of support for your cause!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Every little effort can help.

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      Great lens. Lets hope that many people read it and take up the challenge. I've tweeted the lens, hope it will help.

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      FalconFan LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens - full of great information and very interesting! Thank you.

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      Recycling as much as possible. Reducing consumption. Free cycling and donating where possible

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      nothing other than recycling and supporting local businesses. Cleaning up the beach sounds like a good idea - doing something good while having a romantic stroll!

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      Very Helpful and Interesting lens. I appreciate you for making such a splendid lens. It deserve THUMB UP!

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      seemarahate 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Tending my gardens and helping in the local gardens is fun and keeps everything looking lovely! :>)

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      sociopath-free 5 years ago

      I recycle and make sure not to drop trash anywhere. I pickup others' trash and put it in dumpsters too.

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      tutors091 5 years ago

      Nothing actually. I hope to join some volunteer activities on weekends though. But they start too early in morning, like at 6 or something.

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great idea! Great lens, thanks for sharing this.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fresh flowers make the place alive.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Whatever I can! Wonderful work on this lens, thanks so much for sharing!