Stu­dents take part in ma­rine lit­ter sem­i­nar

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

CLOSE to 200 Ark­low stu­dents took part in a re­cent sem­i­nar on ma­rine lit­ter and mea­sures to tackle lit­ter­ing and dump­ing on our beaches and else­where.

The 185 stu­dents – from Ark­low CBS, Ark­low Youthreach, Gael­cholaiste na Mara, St Mary’s Col­lege and The Na­tional Learn­ing Net­work – heard three ex­pert speak­ers talk about the is­sues of lit­ter­ing and dump­ing and what can be done to tackle the prob­lem in Wicklow.

Lor­raine Grant of Se­iche Train­ing gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on ma­rine lit­ter and its im­pact around the world while Ian Davis from the PURE project spoke about the prob­lem of dump­ing in the up­lands of Wicklow and Dublin. He also high­lighted some of the work be­ing done with schools and how the com­mu­nity re­sponse through the PURE Mile was help­ing to drive the dumpers away.

Camila Tun­ney from An Taisce’s Clean Coast pro­gramme spoke about the work be­ing done to en­gage peo­ple in cam­paigns to pre­vent ma­rine lit­ter and keep beaches clean, in­clud­ing Coast­care, #2min­ute­beach­clean, the Don’t Flush it and the ban the mi­cro-bead cam­paigns.

Stu­dents were shown the im­pact plas­tics are hav­ing on the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment and ac­tions to help pre­vent the pro­lif­er­a­tion of plas­tics at sea which has now reached a fright­en­ing scale. Ex­perts pre­dict the weight of plas­tics in our oceans will sur­pass the weight of fish by 2050, such is the grow­ing level of pol­lu­tion.

The sem­i­nar at the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel was or­gan­ised by Wicklow County Coun­cil in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Wicklow Vol­un­teer Cen­tre and Ark­low Coast­care and it in­cluded a clean-up of the beach in Enereilly be­fore­hand by some of the stu­dents.

The sem­i­nar was funded by the De­part­ment of Cli­mate Change and En­vi­ron­ment’s new anti-dump­ing grant.

This re­quired a twin ap­proach, with fund­ing for CCTV to catch the dumpers and also towards com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and clean-ups.

Sev­eral projects were funded with CCTV in­stalled at a range of lo­ca­tions through­out ru­ral and ur­ban parts of the county. The Enereilly project has al­ready pro­duced some ev­i­dence which has been passed on to the waste en­force­ment team so that the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion can be taken.

Fiona Downes for the lo­cal vol­un­teer cen­tre, Corey Bate­man and Jim Callery from Wicklow County Coun­cil, Ian Davis from PURE, Lor­raine Grant from Se­iche train­ing and An Taisce’s Camilla Tun­ney at the Youth Ma­rine lit­ter sem­i­nar in the Ark­low bay ho­tel

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