As featured in over 45 media stories, including the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, ABC News 24, Today Tonight, Gardening Australia, Men's Fitness, Runners World, ABC Radio, and more, we integrate running and walking with weekly cleanups to reduce marine debris, build stronger communities, and raise awareness about the health and environmental dangers of single-use disposable waste, particularly plastic, to effect positive behavioural change. We submit data an all hauls to Tangaroa Blue's Australian Marine Debris Initiative. We are proud to have received commendation from the Prime Minister of Australia, endorsement by the NSW Minister for the Environment, and the Pauline McLeod Award for Reconciliation.
Pulse up, waste down - Runners and walkers, join us every week at locations across Australia for a fit and fun 30 minute cleanup to have fun and protect our marine environment. Then stick around afterward to help sort out recyclables and collect data on our haul for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
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The Australian coastal region is world-class, serving host to millions of residents and visitors throughout the year, especially during the summer, who unfortunately leave a tremendous amount of rubbish behind. Much of this consists of plastic, which is made from oil and, in its highly processed form, is virtually non-biodegradable. Over hundreds of years it slowly photodegrades into smaller and smaller plastic pieces fish, birds, and other marine life easily mistake for food, severely disrupting the ocean food chain and posing serious entanglement hazards for all sea life. There are now 5 irreversible continental gyres of swirling bits of plastic in our oceans as a direct result of our reliance on short-sighted convenience over long-term solutions. Recent studies have even found that plastic pollution is choking the Great Barrier Reef, and that over 50,000 pieces of plastic in only 1 square kilometer of Antarctic waters, far from any area of human habitation or commercial activity. Disposable plastics are quite simply not part of the long-term solution we so desperately need.
Over hundreds of weekly cleanups since September 2012, Responsible Runners have picked up over 21 tonnes of rubbish, including over 200,000 cigarette butts and tens of thousands of recyclable drink containers, plastic straws, bottle caps, cutlery, and heaps more. This is only the beginning. We must all work together by saying NO to disposable plastic bags, bottles, and packaging to foster a culture of reuse. Only by prioritising long-term sustainability over short-term convenience - starting with each and every one of us - will we truly begin addressing the problem of plastic pollution in our ocean.