Happy Mother (Earth)'s Day from Bondi Beach! It was so great to have the original crew - Dean, Tom and Justin - plus Lisa, Melissas, Luke, and a great team of people all on the beach today. We were also very excited to be joined by Duncan Ward, CEO of Classroom Of Hope and winner of this years Australian Unleashed 2013 Impact award for this work providing access to a quality education for poor and vulnerable children in the developing world.
A huge thanks to our Bondi volunteers for coming out in the chilly conditions this afternoon - but seriously, what better way is there to warm up than a nice fast walk or jog along Bondi Beach? The beach was pretty quiet this weekend on account of the weather, but the recent big swell has washed up plenty of marine debris and there is always plenty of craptastic plastic to grab from the sand (120 plastic bottle caps, 58 straws, 53 lollipop sticks) and unfortunately another 691 cigarette butts as well.
Responsible Runners' Justin Bonsey had the chance today to catch up with Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, under whose leadership Fremantle Council has voted to ban single-use plastic shopping bags, which officially takes effect on 1 August. Many thanks to Brad, Fremantle Council and staff, and the proactive community efforts of Plastic Free Freo for making this happen, along with many other sustainability initiatives - they are setting the pace for a more sustainable future.
What a glorious Sunday on Bondi Beach to round out the summer, with thousands out enjoying our parks, beaches, and surf. Rarely do you get a day like this one, with so many shades of calm turquoise water. A big thanks to the awesome group of people who came out - and to Amy and the Sydney Morning Herald for including us in an upcoming story on micro-volunteerism. Our community of volunteers is what makes us who we are.
Did you know that over 1 million tonnes of land-based debris, much of it consisting of single-use packaging, washes into the ocean every time it rains? With this week's storms and 4-5m swell, beaches up and down the coast were riddled with plastic waste, cigarette butts, and styrofoam all washed back in from the sea.
Thank you to everyone for the MASSIVE record turnout today at Bondi Beach with 41 responsible runners and walkers teaming up with the fun-loving bunch from Ben and Jerry's and Ben and Jerry's Bondi Beach, Danny Clayton from [V] Music - Channel [V] Australia, Laura Wells PLUS Model, and the rest of our dedicated crew, especially all the young ones training to carry the next generation of responsible environmental stewardship. A truly inspiring day for effecting positive change.
Big thanks to Jesse Maynard for snorkeling responsibly last week, retrieving 20kg of deadly lead sinkers and other debris from the rocks in south Bondi Beach. While this will no doubt save the life of many marine life to come, unfortunately one nearby octopus was not so lucky.
One person, one day at a time, we can all make a tremendous impact towards a healthier planet.
Happy Easter from Bondi Beach! And thanks to the wonderful people who came out yesterday for a fun 30 minutes on the sand.
Congratulations to the RR Bondi team, celebrating 6 months, 40 cleanups, over 3.5 tonnes of rubbish and 35,000 cigarette butts collected from the sand. Come lend a hand Sundays at 4PM in Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Manly.
Responsible Runners are very proud to support Tangaroa Blue and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, submitting data on all rubbish collected from each of our weekly cleanups.
The AMDI, co-ordinated by Tangaroa Blue, is an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline. It is also a very effective database for quantifying marine debris around Australia and tracing it to its source as a tool to combat waste.
Frustrated with Bondi Icebergs Bondi Beach's decision last week to transform the pool into an ad for Jim Beam Australia, a subsidiary of Australia's 5th largest litterer, Coca-Cola Australia? Why not let them know on their FB pages? Here's an article from RR in this week's Wentworth Courier.
Should restrictions be placed on how local companies, especially our beloved Icebergs, profit from Bondi Beach's iconic status?
What a legendary team of people who came together today to haul over 1 tonne of rubbish from Tamarama Gully, including nearly 1,000 recyclable bottles and cans that would not have been there with a 10c deposit on drink containers.
Join the Kicking the Can campaign and TAKE ACTION to tell Australian politicians it's time for a 10c container deposit system for ALL Australia: http://cds.good.do/say-yes-to-the-cash-for-container-deposit-scheme/emai...