Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed a call for volunteers by the Marine Conservation Society for its annual Great British Beach Clean. The event runs from 18-25 September, encouraging people across the United Kingdom to clean up beaches in their local area.
Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:
"Combatting pollution on our beaches is a task that we are very familiar with in the Northern Isles. I'm proud of the impressive litter-picking operations we have here each spring. The “Bag the Bruck” campaign and Da Voar Redd Up are both great examples of our communities coming together to clean up the shoreline. The Great British Beach Clean is another chance for us to make a difference.”
"I have been campaigning in past years to bring a bill to the House of Commons to reduce plastic pollution. Tackling the problem at its source is an important step to reduce the litter we find on our beaches, but there will always be a need to get stuck in at a local level.
"The Northern Isles have spectacular beaches - some of the last genuinely wild shorelines in Europe. It's up to us to keep them that way. I look forward to taking part this weekend, and working with others to keep our beaches clean."