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Keep our coasts clean urge Clare communities

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A VIDEO project made in conjunction with community groups Clare has been premiered by Clean Coasts to raise awareness about the issue of marine litter. Both local people and visitors are being asked to enjoy this part of the coast but also to take personal responsibility for the waste that comes from outdoor activities.
As the Covid restriction eased in early May, more people started visiting the magnificent coastal area in Clare. A number of Clean Coasts community groups reached out to Clean Coasts, expressing significant concerns relating to the environmental impact of tourists in the upcoming season.
The absence of foreign travel, huge growth in take-out food and outdoor socialising had already begun to increase coastal litter. Coastal communities were nervous about what would happen when the season really begins.
One group, suggested creating a video about Lahinch to raise awareness about this issue. Clean Coasts Development Officer Ray Ó Foghlu worked with Spanish Point Community Group to source funding from Clean Coasts Community Grants and from Clare County Environment Department, and he contacted renowned local videographer, Kev Smith to take to the roads of west Clare, to meet local people and discuss the issues.
Ray said, “What we found was a positive message of inclusivity and co-operation. Many talked about their pride in their area and how maintaining its beauty was very important for them. Again and again, locals talked about how important and welcome tourists are in the area and how the answers lie in working together. Ultimately, a love for the coasts of Clare shone through.”
To watch the video, click here or visit the Clean Coasts social media channels. For more info and resources on how to enjoy the coast in a sustainable way visit the Clean Coasts website to learn more about the work they do and the #2minutebeachclean and Enjoy and Protect campaigns.

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