This week it is all about taking action and another way you guys at home can take action is by cleaning up our environment.
Now lets give you 9 tips on how you can arrange your own beach clean-up party.
Tip 1: Pick a date –Pick a day that will fit into most people’s schedules. Like on weekends and the long holidays.
Tip 2: Pick a Time - the Low tide is the best time to schedule a beach clean-up since that’s when trash is most exposed.
Tip 3: Get the thumbs up - Since you’re doing a good thing, it shouldn’t be hard to get approval from local officials—but be sure to do so anyway. If you’re not sure who to contact, touch base with your municipality or the local police station.
Tip 4: Build a Crusade – Get your friends and family members to help you with your cause, also, check out environmental groups in your area who might be willing to support you. Remember organizing a beach clean-up is best done as a team effort.
Tip 5: Spread the Word - With the help of your team, start publicizing your beach clean-up. The local paper is a great place to start, as are bulletin boards, Facebook groups, and websites that cover local events. Get in touch with residents who live near the beach.
Tip 6: Gather Supplies - You should be prepared to provide gear for your volunteers to collect the garbage. Trash bags and gloves are a must. Rakes, sifters, and shovels are useful tools to have on hand. Don’t forget to coordinate extra supplies that will keep your volunteers happy and safe, like snacks, drinks, first aid supplies, and lots of sunscreens.
Tip 7: Think Logistics - Plan out the schedule for the clean-up session, by setting up a plan for dividing the beach into sections, and assigning sections to volunteers. Have a game plan for disposing of the trash after the event is done.
Tip 8: Make it Fun - Picking garbage up isn’t necessarily the most glamorous task, so reward your volunteers with a good time. Music can help set the atmosphere and plan for prizes for the person who collected the most trash, or who found the most unusual piece of garbage.
Tip 9: Share Your Success - Brag about the hard work your volunteers have accomplished: use social media and write letters to local publications to publicize your team’s efforts and results. Be sure to thank everyone who helped pitch in the clean up the beach. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back, too!
You can of cause do what works for you, these are just tips you can use or add to your clean-up list
Let us know how yours went down using #HecticAction.