Cal Major is paddleboarding the equivalent of 10 marathons to encourage the public to stop using plastic water bottles and replace them with reusable ones instead.
Did you know? Every year, humans produce enough plastic to circle the globe four times. Not only does the majority of plastic tossed into landfills end up in the oceans – where it swirls around in great convergences (the largest being twice the size of Texas), it often gets ingested by wildlife. In fact, a recent study suggests that by 2050, 99% of birds on the planet will have plastic in their guts.
Obviously, this reality is troubling. Unfortunately, few people are choosing to remedy their wasteful habits, which is why activist Cal Major is doing something epic.
The activist shares on the ‘About’ page of her Paddle Against Plastic 2016 campaign on Facebook that she is paddleboarding around the Cornish coastline this August. That’s a total of 260 miles or the equivalent of 10 marathons!
Along the way from Plymouth to Croyde, Major intends to raise awareness about the state of our oceans and the responsibility humans have to keep Earth litter-free. In addition, she’ll be hosting – and has already hosted – beach cleanups along the way.
Since the project was announced, the activist has been posting updates on Facebook. In one update, she poses with 78 plastic bottles she found in a cove. If there are that many in the cove, imagine how much more trash is in the oceans!
Cal’s main intention during this journey is to challenge people to stop using plastic water bottles and replace them with reusable ones instead. She is also raising funds for Surfers Against Sewage, a UK-based marine conservation organization focused on protecting vital coastlines from pollution.
Major is definitely going the extra mile to be a steward for the environment and raise awareness about plastic pollution.
Beach clean today at Whitsand Bay! Thank you to all who turned out :). Look what we found… Loads of plastic bottles as usual. Hope you're all refilling! #paddleagainstplastic #refusesingleuse #oneless
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