Make a difference on your holiday: Help collect trash on North Jutland’s beaches

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

The high season is upon us, bringing numerous Danish and international visitors to North Jutland to enjoy holidays, swim in the blue waves, and relax on the beautiful sandy beaches.

In this context, the organization Race for Oceans is focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 – “Life Below Water.”

With financial support from the “Fonden Sol og Strand ved Margit og Kjeld,” the organization will be holding a series of beach cleanups in Hjørring and Jammerbugt Municipalities in the coming weeks – and everyone is welcome to join.

“We do not expect to collect tons of waste, as the municipalities have already cleaned the beaches ahead of the season.

Instead, we will be collecting items that are not immediately visible – such as plastic pellets, which are the raw material used in the production of plastic products and are found on beaches and in the sea in large quantities,” Signe Simonsen from Race for Oceans says.

Learn more about the beach

The beach cleanups will take place from week 28 to week 31 on eight different North Jutland beaches.

Each event lasts for an hour and a half, during which, in addition to collecting waste, participants will also examine seaweed and small organisms.

“Participants will also gain insight into beach biodiversity and the technological solutions needed in the future to collect the enormous amounts of plastic found on beaches and in the sea,” Signe Simonsen, who encourages everyone – regardless of nationality – to attend one or more of the 20 cleanups, explains.

“Everyone can join – even pets – and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy nature, experience a sense of community with others passionate about the sea, and learn more about ‘Life Below Water’,” she says.

The chairman of “Fonden Sol og Strand ved Margit og Kjeld,” Jens Stadum, is pleased that the foundation can support Race for Oceans’ efforts to combat the increasing plastic pollution.

“We need to take care of our beaches and our sea. It is important for both the environment and future generations.

We should also remember that clean seas and beaches are very important for the many holidaymakers who book a holiday home by the Danish coasts,” Jens Stadum says.

Major plastic challenges

Although the European Parliament has passed a law banning single-use plastic products such as plates, cutlery, straws, and cotton swabs from 2021, plastic still pollutes our seas.

According to the European Parliament’s Research Service, there are 150 million tons of plastic in the world’s oceans.

Additionally, it is estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic end up in the seas each year.

This has severe consequences for marine animals, which risk becoming entangled in plastic pieces or ingesting them, ultimately affecting humans as well.

“We hope to raise awareness of the challenges we face regarding our marine environment and thus make a difference for future generations,” Signe Simonsen adsd.

“Our experience is that those who participate in a beach cleanup begin to reflect on their consumer behavior and what they can do to minimize the use of plastic and other non-circular products.

Moreover, we find that they return home with a sense of joy from being part of a meaningful community and feeling they have made a difference,” Signe Simonsen states.

Schedule of beach cleanups in North Jutland:

Week 28

  • Monday, July 8, 9:30-11:00 at Løkken Beach (meeting point: North Shore Surf Café)
  • Tuesday, July 9, 10:00-11:30 at Blokhus Beach (meeting point: opposite Iscaféen By The Sea)
  • Wednesday, July 10, 10:00-11:30 at Rødhus Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)
  • Thursday, July 11, 10:30-12:00 at Lønstrup Beach (meeting point: on the beach at Søndre Strandvej)
  • Friday, July 12, 10:00-11:30 at Grønhøj Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)

Week 29

  • Monday, July 15, 9:30-11:00 at Løkken Beach (meeting point: North Shore Surf Café)
  • Tuesday, July 16, 10:00-11:30 at Blokhus Beach (meeting point: opposite Iscaféen By The Sea)
  • Wednesday, July 17, 10:00-11:30 at Nr. Lyngby Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)
  • Thursday, July 18, 10:00-11:30 at Saltum Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)
  • Friday, July 19, 10:00-11:30 at Nørlev Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)

Week 30

  • Monday, July 22, 9:30-11:00 at Løkken Beach (meeting point: North Shore Surf Café)
  • Tuesday, July 23, 10:00-11:30 at Blokhus Beach (meeting point: opposite Iscaféen By The Sea)
  • Wednesday, July 24, 10:00-11:30 at Rødhus Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)
  • Thursday, July 25, 10:30-12:00 at Lønstrup Beach (meeting point: on the beach at Søndre Strandvej)
  • Friday, July 26, 10:00-11:30 at Grønhøj Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)

Week 31

  • Monday, July 29, 9:30-11:00 at Løkken Beach (meeting point: North Shore Surf Café)
  • Tuesday, July 30, 10:00-11:30 at Blokhus Beach (meeting point: opposite Iscaféen By The Sea)
  • Wednesday, July 31, 10:00-11:30 at Tranum Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)
  • Thursday, August 1, 10:00-11:30 at Nr. Lyngby Beach (meeting point: at the beach access road)

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