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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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What Are You Doing To Make Where You Live A Better Place?

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      Colin323 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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!