DISCARDED fishing ropes and plastic cotton bud stems were just some of the items collected in eight bags of marine litter removed by students from two West Cork beaches recently.
As part of their school’s wellness programme, 20 students from Kinsale Community School (KCS) took part in their second annual beach clean at popular beaches Garrettstown and Garylucas.
Encouragingly, the amount of marine litter they collected this year was half of what they got last year.
Speaking about the KCS Big Beach Clean, fifth year head prefect John Walsh said: ‘Students joined over a million people globally for the Fridays for Future movement, calling for more ambitious action on climate change. This is our future –our generation are standing up and taking action to ensure a difference can be made.
‘Our annuals KCS Big Beach Clean is one small way that we are helping in making a tangible and immediate improvement to the beautiful beaches that Kinsale is so proud of.’
John attributes the reduction in the amount of marine litter collected by them this year to a number of factors.
But, he added, eight bags of marine litter is still eight bags too many.