This August, Cal Major will be Stand Up Paddleboarding 260 miles around the entire Cornish coast and beyond, from Wembury to Croyde; the equivalent of 10 marathons.
The paddle is being used as a vehicle with which to open eyes to the sheer amount of plastic waste that is ending up in our oceans, and show that individuals can do simple things to make a difference. The aim is not to focus on the doom and gloom of the marine litter crisis, but instead to demonstrate how individuals can help alleviate the problem.
In exchange for Cal’s challenge, she is challenging the public to a summer without buying a plastic water bottle, and using a refillable alternative.
Plastic on our beaches has increased 180% in the last 20 years, and is causing serious problems for our oceans’ health. Since 80% of marine litter originates from land-based sources, the less we use on land, the less ends up in our oceans.
The expedition will begin on July 30 at Wembury, and finish on August 20 at Croyde. The paddle will engage local communities along the way with beach cleans, run by Surfers Against Sewage regional reps including, on Sunday, July 31, a beach clean at Whitsand Bay.
Cal will be updating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with her progress: Facebook: Paddle Against Plastic 2016 ; Twitter: @PaddleVsPlastic ; Instagram: @paddleagainstplastic.
There will be an instagram photo competition for the best picture with a reusable bottle, using the hashtag #paddleagainstplastic