We shared the event a week ahead of time, inviting the community to join us and participate in the activity on Sunday 19 July. We were delighted to see the sun again after several days of rain and icy winds, and to experience the “slocals”, young and old, responding willingly and happily.
Approximately twenty Slow Town residents volunteered their time and two hands to scour the beach. We split into 2 groups, one half covering Myoli down to the lagoon and the other headed up to Cola Beach. Three boxes of trash were collected and contained from shoes and batteries, to tiny pieces of plastic, fishing line, glass and plastic bottles, cigarette buds, straws and other rubbish scattered along this magnificent stretch of coastline. After sorting the waste, we were able to send more than half of it to the recycling depot!
We also had a little luckily draw with Plastic Free July in mind and gave 3 participants a reusable hemp shopping bag from Hemporium SA 🙂
A highlight of this little event is that we met as strangers and walked away with a sense of community, and as friends who share a can-do attitude, and a collective vision of a healthy and clean environment for all who live in it.
The message we want to convey is one of awareness and taking positive action. As custodians of planet Earth, our only home, we need to be aware of our personal consumption habits and make educated, responsible choices.
All the individuals, couples and other groups initiating and participating in Two Hands projects around the world are making a small difference in their community. Together, collectively, the results are profound.