Support Treen, Support Us.

There are times when the love and dedication of our followers blows us away. Treen (Katrina Ayling) is one of those who constantly amazes us with her tenacity and fight, the will to do the right thing and a fearless voice. She has decided to do something special for herself and for us and, for that, we are truly grateful. We are also extremely humbled to be part of her journey and thrilled that we have been. Our family wouldn’t exist without people like Treen (and you). They are what makes us who we are and what makes us different. We help the earth and oceans, and in doing so, we help each other too.

This is the story in her own words. Treen we love you!!!

“Two and a half years ago I couldn’t walk. Severe pelvic dysfunction in my second pregnancy left me housebound for the last 4 months of my pregnancy, in chronic unrelenting pain day and night, fearful, alone and definitely not blooming in my pregnancy. The ocean has played a huge part in my recovery, mother ocean has been there every step of the way. From the early days of mini beach cleans to surf, body boarding and sea swimming. Little did I know how important doing a #2MinuteBeachClean was going to be in my rehabilitation, my recovery and my struggles to come to terms with what happened to me. Beach-cleans became my exercise to build my strength, my physio to aid my muscles, but also my therapy. My pregnancy and birth trauma left a mark, one that needed time and care to fade enough to move on. What I didn’t expect from picking up plastic on the beaches was the added bonus of a community of like minded individuals, a family and in some cases true friends. At a time when I felt my most lost, confused, invisible, faded I found caring, loyal and genuine individuals who have been a huge help in my rehabilitation. So as a thank you to @2minutebeachclean and the #2MinuteBeachCleanfamily at a time when they now need support, because let’s face it the COVID 19 pandemic has not been kind to small charities, I am challenging myself to walk the entire length of the River Itchen between 21st to 24th September 2020. It’s 30 miles in total, and to some it does not sound a lot, but to someone who couldn’t walk 2.5 yrs ago it’s an epic journey. As I head off into this challenge I want to raise money for @2minutebeachclean and would like to ask you for your support and sponsorship. The link is below, if you can and would like to donate. If not then don’t worry then please just share my post, I understand how difficult these times are for all of us. I have set a target of £500, but wouldn’t it awesome if we could smash that! Whilst I am walking I will also raise awareness of the health of our Rivers, plastic pollution and the importance of our individual actions in the fight to save the rivers, the sea and ultimately the planet.Thank you for reading. Treen✌️❤

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/step-by-step-to-the-sea

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A level Students of North Cornwall…

Hello. It’s Martin here, founder of the #2minutebeachclean and now the CEO of the 2 Minute Foundation. I have been absolutely sickened by the mess our government have made of your A levels this year. I can’t believe how many of you have been downgraded and left without choices. SO we want to try and do something positive to help.

Here at the 2 Minute Foundation we’ve started to think about employing someone to train up to help us write blogs, web copy, emails and generally help us with our content.

We would love to be able to give that chance to someone who has had their chance taken away by Covid-19 and our incompetent government. Is that you? You’ll have to prove you can write, of course, and be creative but it doesn’t have to be published or polished. We just need your raw talent, ideas and creativity and the hunger to show Boris that you are absolutely awesome and should never be written off.

Plus, you’ll get to do something really positive … like cleaning up the planet 2 minutes at a time.

So… if you haven’t got the grades you need to go to uni or take your next step, are deferring for a year, aren’t sure what to do next and are madly enthusiastic about writing, blogging, the media and environmentalism, come and see us at the 2 Minute Foundation.

Make us (even more) proud, Class of 2020.

(Please be aware that we are looking for someone who can work from an office in Bude, Cornwall, at least some of the time. This employment may be through an apprenticeship scheme, may be part time, or temporary, depending on circumstances. Just email!!!)

EMAIL: martin@2minute.org

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Where. We. Stand.

It has been well documented that the people who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are those who have the least: low lying, poor nations who risk having their homes flooded; fishing reliant communities who find it harder and harder to feed themselves because stocks are crashing; poorer parts of our own communities who face food insecurity already.

It’s the same with plastic pollution. It affects those in poorer countries more than it does us here in the west because of the way we have been shipping our waste abroad. It often affects those who cannot help themselves.

Here at 2 Minute HQ we campaign to help clean up our planet, 2 minutes at a time. We have a global family who pick up litter each and every day from beaches, town and cities all over the world. We don’t see colour. We see people. However, as we head towards 2 Minute Day this Sunday, we realise now is the time to make our stand in the fight against inequality, just as we fight for environmental justice, so we must also fight for racial justice. The two are often closely linked.

What do we do? We are based in Cornwall in the UK and enjoy the privilege of living in a nice place. We might face a risk from rising sea levels but we do not suffer prejudice. Our location might hold us back economically, but, for many of us, it’s our choice to be here. We have choices. Others, we know, have none and have their choices removed by the way our society operates. We abhor that.

So what do we do?

Firstly we would like to extend a welcoming hand to anyone of any colour, and especially minorities, as we always have done.

Secondly, and most importantly, we would like to do what we can to help communities right now. We are working on a project to put hand sanitisers on as many of our 2 Minute Stations as we can. We can’t do them all at once, but we pledge, here and now, to fit them in communities that are more vulnerable to infection and are affected adversely by litter of any type. Let us know if that’s your community. Following the COVID crisis we anticipate that some of our boards will be out of action in the future. We will donate any returned to us to communities that might benefit from them. Again, please let us know if that’s your community.

Lastly, we’d like you to tell us what we can do. We welcome any comments or suggestions as to how we, an environmental charity that aims to be inclusive and people and planet positive, can do more to ensure that now and into the future black lives matter.

Thank you.

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We’re opening up for safer litter picking!

Hello all. I hope everyone is well, staying well and has been coping with lockdown. We are living in truly bizarre times.

Here at the 2 Minute Foundation we’ve been working away in the background on a few projects, even though we have withdrawn as many of our stations as possible. You may have seen our #2minutesofpositivity videos that have been published every day at 2 pm for the last couple of months. I find them really inspiring and I hope you do too.

Our shop will open from Wednesday

Now that the exercise rules in England have started to ease, and we can get out more, we have decided to reopen our online shop. Thanks to our working partnership with HH Environmental we have a large range of litter picking equipment for sale, such as litterpickers, folding litter pickers, bags and gloves. We also sell #2minutebeachclean merchandise. All of this helps us to keep on doing what we do.

We know that you – our family – have felt very frustrated that you haven’t been able to get out and get to the beach or open spaces. We all know the benefits of getting exercise and of leaving places better than you found them. However, it is still very important that you are able to stay safe while you do it.

We are working to place hand sanitisers on our beach clean stations, but until then we would urge you to use a litter picker if you have one, wear gloves (and wash them afterwards) and take your own bag (and wash it afterwards) if you are going to pick up litter at the beach or in the countryside. And wash your hands as soon as you can afterwards.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ONLINE SHOP.

Stay safe. And thank you for all you do.

Martin and the 2 Minute Team.

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It’s easy! Text 2MINUTE to 70450 to donate just £2 per month.

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Now is the time. Find your new normal.

2 Minute Foundation founder, Martin Dorey, is also the author of the best-selling book on plastic, No. More. Plastic. Here he talks about why (and how) we can (and must) work together to ensure that when we get back to business as usual it isn’t just business as usual. And how the times we are living in show us that it’s time to take a stand.

How are you getting on? Well, I hope. It’s a confusing time for all of us. We’ve had our liberty taken away from us by a virus. An enemy we can’t see.

Most of us, I expect, can’t wait to get back to normal, whatever normal is for us. Me too. But I know that we can’t just turn the clock back like nothing happened.

The way I see it, normal is the problem. As beach cleaners who work on the front line of ocean pollution we know this already. We see it each time we do a #2minutebeachclean or #2minutelitterpick. We see detritus from the fishing industry, from aquaculture, agriculture, industry and our every day lives. We fill our bags with plastic that’s been used once then tossed away. We see seabirds with rope around their necks and hooks in their beaks. We see rockpools full of microplastics, biobeads from sewage treatment plants and raw material plastic from factories. Deep in our hearts we know we can’t just carry on trashing our planet as before.

The latest I have read on the likely cause of Coronavirus blames human contact with viruses originating in bats. That’s the human world colliding with nature in a way it never should. The virus transfers to us from handling meat or coming into close contact with wild creatures, and then it travels around the world, very quickly, thanks to our ability to travel anywhere we like, whenever we like.

It has – quite literally – shut down most ‘normal’ human activity across of the planet.

It’s easy for anyone to see how much we are encroaching on the natural world and how we come into conflict with it. We cut down rainforests to grow palm oil or raise cattle. We use pesticides to grow crops. We create monocultures that offer no home for biodiversity. We farm fish and feed it with many times its body weight in juvenile fish from the open sea. We pollute the oceans with millions of tonnes of toxic plastic. We disregard the future because we’re too concerned with the profit and comfort of the now.

Normal – or business as usual – isn’t doing us any good.

How could we ever go back to that?

There are a lot of people saying that life will never be the same again after this. Many of us will hope so too. We want to see a fully funded NHS, to see our ‘low skilled’ workers treated with more respect and to see fairness come back into our society. We read about the resilience of nature, about goats in Llandudno and deer reclaiming the streets in Japan and we feel hope that things will change. Dolly reports that the grass is starting to grow between the cobbles in her beloved Clovelly now that the visitors have gone. It feels like a turning point for nature vs us. But is it?

Plastic usage in time of crisis

Unsurprisingly, plastic usage during Coronavirus, will skyrocket. All those wraps around that panic-bought loo roll that will never get recycled. All that (composite and hard to recycle) hand sanitisers. All that PPE, those gloves, the masks. The single use packaging bought for fear of the infection. The wet wipes used to wipe down the surfaces. It all adds up. In a lot of cases it makes sense too. But all this plastic has to go somewhere.

A study published in March showed that (under lab conditions) the virus can live on plastic for up to 72 hours, but only up to 24 on cardboard.

Anti-plastic measures origially meant to help us remove plastic from our lives are also being rewound in light of the virus, making it harder for some. As pointed out in a fascinating article from Wired Magazine recently some shops in the USA are (apparently) refusing to accept bags brought from home for fear of transferring infection, while Starbucks stopped allowing people to bring their own cups for coffees before they were shut down.

On top of that, with the oil price so low (no one is buying it right now!) virgin plastic is cheaper than it’s been in a while, making recycling even less viable than ever for the companies who were already struggling to make it pay. And, with fears over the safety of workers, recycling centres have closed, meaning some will simply dump their waste rather than store it at home. The rest goes to landfill, at a time when we should be trying to take the pressure off our local councils. Fly tipping has seen an instant increase since the corona virus, making more work for the guys and girls in the hi viz and creating even more chaos for nature.

What it all means is that we still have a mountain to climb. And with China’s policy of sending us our stuff back now in its third year, we’re going to have to be more vigilant than ever, now and in the future. We can’t rely on recycling and we can’t live without plastic. We just have to learnt to use it better and use less of it. A lot less of it. We have to continue to reject as much of it as we can from our lives. This is where cooking, good, tasty meals from scratch, with fresh, locally sourced ingredients comes in.

Sure, I get that you’re worried about the virus and plastic ‘protects’ your shopping. But the more plastic goes into production, and it will, the more will end up in the environment and the more nature will be under threat.

Big business isn’t sitting at home

While big, polluting businesses may also have been shut down over the last few weeks, you can bet they aren’t sitting at home watching reruns of Friends on Netflix. Why would they, when their bottom line is under threat? I am sure their strategists and lobbyists will be working flat out on how to get back to business as usual. Business as usual is what makes them their money and, sadly, what also kills our oceans, destroys the rainforests, heats up our planet and causes viruses that spread around the world. When the time is right (or before) they will be ready to snap at the heels of our MPs to encourage them to get back to business as usual.

So now is the time to make our preparations too.

Now is the time to DO SOMETHING POSITIVE while you can. And there’s plenty you can do.

Now is the time to shop local for your essentials. Buying local supports local farming, business, industry and places less burden on the planet. Plus, you get to avoid supermarkets!

Now is the time to learn a few good, veggie dishes that will warm your heart and help you to stay healthy. If you have the space it’s time to plant a few herbs too, so you can avoid those non-recyclable packs of herbs from the supermarket.

Now is the time to reassess the relationship you have with your car. Could you learn to use it less in the future, and in doing so, learn to appreciate it as nothing more than a vehicle to get you from A to B? It’s not a lifestyle extension or status symbol if you can’t use it. It’s metal and plastic and the less you use it tomorrow the better off the planet will be. Think how nice it’s been without the traffic.

Now is the time to change your energy supplier. You’ve got time right now, so why not use it to do something planet positive? Plus you’re using more energy than usual at the moment, so it’s more important than ever to consider where you energy comes from. Changing your electricity supplier to one that sources from renewables will mean your money goes into investing in more renewable technology like wind farms and solar farms. As things continue, we need to make sure our online habits aren’t contributing to destroying the planet. Every internet search, on-demand video, Zoom chat and online supermarket shop has a carbon cost associated with it, so choosing where your power comes from is important. Who is best? There is lots of information online. Do some digging. Start here: https://www.t3.com/features/best-green-energy-supplier

Now is the time to change your bank. Your money and savings get used by banks to invest in projects they believe will make them the most money, often irrespective of the consequences, like drilling for oil in the Arctic or growing palm oil in the rainforest. Removing your money from them helps to stop them doing this. Some banks invest in ethical funds and won’t put your hard-earned cash into planet killing projects. Find the best here: https://www.moneyexpert.com/current-account/ethical-banking/

Now is the time to make your pension work for the planet. Divesting from fossil fuels is one way you can make your voice heard when it comes to climate change and the plastics industry. This means taking your business away from companies that have interests in fossil fuels or who invest in them. On a basic level it means asking for your pension pot to be moved into an ethical pot. If you have a NEST pension you can do this in less than 5 minutes. I did it a few weeks ago. Log on to the portal, choose an ethical pot and stop your money from being used to screw the planet. Bingo.

https://www.nestpensions.org.uk/schemeweb/nest/aboutnest/investment-approach/other-fund-choices/nest-ethical-fund.html

Now is the time that you can learn to appreciate your old phone. It’s the greenest phone available. Did you know that? But when you upgrade it all you do is contribute to the fast turnover of the industry. If it works, why get rid of it? It doesn’t make sense. Just because there’s a new phone out it doesn’t mean it’s better. It’s just making more waste and using up more resources. Spend some time deleting unused apps and images, and, in doing so, help it to live longer. Learn to love it all over again!

Now is the time to mend your old clothes. Did you know that visible mending is the new thing? It means you don’t have to be a sewing wizard to get your old clothes back into circulation and looking good. Sew it up and be proud that you’re doing your bit to combat the HUGE problem with waste from the fashion industry. Not only will you save your clothes from going to landfill you’ll also save yourself a few quid too.

Now is the time to resist the propaganda. You might hear that plastic is more ‘environmentally friendly’ than cardboard or paper for packaging because of the energy used to make it. Don’t listen. Paper and cardboard, if made using renewable energy and from sustainable forests, or better still recycled stock, are far less damaging than plastic. Plastic is made from fossil fuels and pollutes at every stage of its life cycle. Recycled plastic still pollutes and is not infinitely recyclable. Also, bioplastics – made from sugar cane or other materials – might not be made from fossil fuels but they still behave like plastics in the environment and are just as persistent.

TAKE A READ OF THIS: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/09/735848489/plastic-has-a-big-carbon-footprint-but-that-isnt-the-whole-story

Now is the time to reassess the daily grind. You can work from home because, if you are one of the millions who are now working out of the spare room, you are doing it now. So why not consider asking to do it once or twice a week after lockdown? In a year you could save yourself 96 days of commuting by staying at home for 2 days each week. If 10 million of us do it that’s 960,000,000 fewer journeys to pollute the planet.

Tips on working from home from Auntie: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51868894

Now is the time to plan your next holiday. Use the time to find out about interrailing or travelling in Europe or even in the UK. You can have fun here too. And Europe, despite feeling very far away right now, is just a train or ferry ride to the south. For less than €200 someone who is under 25 can travel in Europe by train to over 40,000 destinations in 33 countries.

Interrail isn’t just for students!!! https://www.interrail.eu/en

Now is the time to appreciate those who make our society function. The nurses, doctors, key workers, bin operatives, teachers, delivery drivers, shelf stackers and everyone who keep us going aren’t just ‘unskilled workers’. They are vital to us (as they always were). We need to support them in the future and to support a system that supports them too.

Now is the time to appreciate the silence that goes with traffic free streets and plane-free skies. Get that old bike out of the shed and give it a bit of love!! Use your exercise time to wheel around the empty streets.

Now is the time to learn to live without. You are doing it now. So why not forever? Do you really need those new things? Really? Does buying things make you happy? Or is it spending time with your friends? What is it that makes you rich?

Now is the time to choose how you support the NHS. Do you support it as a charity, in a time of need, when it needs it? Or do you accept that maybe, if we hope to get the best care when our time comes, we might need to pay more?

Now is the time to help those in need. They need us more now than ever before. Have you checked in on your neighbour recently?

Now is the time to judge others by what they do, not what they have. Things are irrelevant now. Fashion, pointless. Status, meaningless. Time to think of those who need it more than you.

Now is the time to make a note of the companies who give to the NHS, asking for nothing in return, and supporting them in the future. Conversely, now is the time to open your eyes to the companies that get you to donate to the NHS on their behalf, and, in doing so, aim to look good.

Now is the time to remember the airlines that asked for a bail out from the government and also gave dividends to shareholders. Ask yourself if they should be in business if they can’t survive without public money. They enjoyed the good times. Now let them endure the bad times too. Let the shareholders prop them up.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/easyjet-seeks-state-loans-but-pays-stelios-60m-d26jghjtx

Now is the time to make the good guys rich. The bad guys have had it good for long enough. So put your money into the pockets of those who you trust to use it for good. Buy good quality stuff that will last if you’re buying clothes. Buy from companies who run take-back schemes for their packaging or have committed to reducing their plastic output. Buy from companies with ethics at their heart.

Now is the time to appreciate nature. It’s having a field day at the moment. Let’s keep it that way. Let’s try to make choices that don’t impact negatively on it.

Now is the time to listen to birdsong. How long since you last listened to it without a background of planes or cars? Put out some food for the birds and learn to tell them apart.

Finally…

Now is the time to walk in deserted streets. And savour every car-free moment of your exercise time, if you can get outside today. Take a picture to remind yourself what it was like.

Remember it. And don’t forget to tell your loved ones that you love them.

Now is the time.

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CORONAVIRUS: If you need 2 minutes, just take it.

Hello.

Martin here, founder of The Beach Clean Network and the #2minutebeachclean. Lately I have also become the CEO of The 2 Minute Foundation, the next incarnation of the organisation I started with Tab all those years ago. It’s an honour to still be a part of it.

But that’s enough of the introductions.

I’m going to get straight down to it. Just like everyone else, I am devastated by the Coronavirus.

Having just announced our charity status, we felt like we were on a roll in 2020. It was to be our year. The ‘first year’ after many years of struggling. We were named as the CBI South West’s charity of the year. We had just launched our Guardian Angel Scheme in Cornwall and Devon with Fjallraven and were doing similar in London with Love, Beauty, Planet. We were about to open a shop to raise funds for our campaign work. The 2 Minute Shop “from Trash to Treasure” was to be on Crooklets Beach in Bude, the place where the #2minutebeachclean hashtag began in 2013. We have been donated end of line stock from our supporters Surfdome (the kind of wearable, perfectly serviceable stuff that other companies send to landfill) and would have been selling that, along with original beach litter artworks from our talented family, merchandise, plastic free products and books. We were in talks with Bude Town Council to take over an empty building on Crooklets Beach to make into our office, an information centre, an eco-hub and a place from which we could lend beach toys and litter pickers.

All that now is on hold. Half of our amazing team have been furloughed. I miss them. The rest of us are working from home. We have asked our Guardians to remove litter pickers and bags from all of our 800 beach cleaning stations around the UK and Ireland, and to remove the stations altogether where possible. Our team of fantastic Guardian Angels are on hold, waiting for whatever happens next.

But really, it’s ok.

We’ll get through this. What matters now, more than ever, is that our family – that’s you – stays safe and well. However we feel about the mountain of plastic litter that enters the oceans every year, our family’s welfare is more important right now. That means staying home unless doing your ‘state sanctioned’ exercise. If you want to pick up litter as part of it, and can do it safely, then we thank you. But if there’s any risk to you, you can’t wash your hands afterwards or you worry where it’s come from, please don’t. We need you fit and well to fight another day.

However, I do understand how important doing small acts of good can be for the soul. Focussing on litter, picking it up and leaving somewhere nicer than it was when you got there can be excellent therapy. It can allow you to be present, to take a break from negative thoughts or emotions and do something positive. If you’re having to isolate, can’t get to a beach or park or are too afraid to go out, this must be really difficult. So if you need help, talk to us. If you’re struggling, get in touch. If you need to take 2 minutes for yourself, take it. And if you’ve got 2 minutes to spare, give it to someone who might need it. It might be as simple as making a positive comment on someone’s picture on Instagram. Every bit matters. Starting a conversation, as long as it’s heathy and positive, can do more good than you might imagine.

In recent weeks we’ve been posting videos of our #2minutesofpositivity online. If you’ve yet to see them, take a look at the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They are snippets of positivity from our family that they wanted to share. Recently we’ve had brilliant stuff from all over the place. World Surf League commentator and big wave surfer Peter Mel sent us a video from California. Laura from Springwatch sent us a video from her greenhouse and Lauren Eyles from the Marine Conversation Society sent us a video from the Gower. We’ve had badgers and nettle soup, songs from Nicky (and me) and even Jaik’s nan and grandad.

I hope, if you need a little boost, that watching them may help.

From my own personal point of view, I’ve found it hard not to be scared and afraid of what the future will be like. I am concerned for my own health and for my family. My mother is in Ireland, my kids just about to leave isolation after 2 weeks at home with their mum. I’m still working but trying to spend some of the day looking after myself. Stretching has helped me to listen to my body and has helped me to feel better while I’ve been learning some basic yoga. I’ve also been enjoying the silence, the chirping of the birds, the clear skies and the coming of spring. I’m lucky: I have a garden and live in Cornwall.

I am learning to see the positive in everything.

After last night’s rain it feels as if nature is about to burst. It’s had some time off from us and is ready to explode with spring time. We’ve seen goats in Llandudno and, if social media is to be believed, a clearing of smog over parts of China. We’ve certainly been producing fewer emissions because we’ve been burning less fossil fuel. We’ve been buying less too. Our cars stand on our driveways or in the street unused. The roads are silent. We have time to think. We have time to appreciate the little things in our lives: nature, birdsong, growing veg, the faces of those we love, the daily walk, cycling, open spaces, clear skies, the sun on our faces, picking up the phone to old friends, video conferencing distant family, new blossom, new life in our window boxes, listening, watching, loving and learning.

That’s what life is about.

Maybe this proves we don’t need so much to be happy. We don’t need to go so far. We don’t need to drive so much. We can live without flying so often. We can work from home. We can shop local. We can give 2 minutes to our neighbours. We might find out that fashion, in times like this, is pointless, and shopping doesn’t make us happy. We might learn that taking the time to cook from scratch can be both rewarding, healthy and fun. And cheaper too. We can make less mess. We can find the time to clear up a bit more. We can slow down a little.

How do you feel about that?

Personally, while I am devastated that we can’t continue much of what we started at the 2 Minute Foundation, for the time being, I hope that this will be just a blip and that things will change for the better. While it might be tough to adjust to a brave new world, where we can’t just have it all, everything you do from now on matters.

Every 2 minutes makes a difference, whatever that 2 minutes means.

Thank you.

Be well. Think well.

And if you need 2 minutes, just take it.

martin@2minute.org

nicky@2minute.org

dolly@2minute.org

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STAY HOME. STAY SAFE. STAY POSITIVE.

Hello! Here at 2 Minute HQ we are starting to get seriously worried about YOU. We need you to stay safe so that we can continue the fight against marine plastic another day. We’ve had reports of beaches busy with people this weekend. We don’t think it’s right for anyone to go out if there is any risk to themselves or to others of being infected with Coronavirus. Please do not contribute. We have asked our Guardians and Guardian Angels to ensure that our #2minutebeachclean #2minutelitterpick and #2minutestreetclean stations are withdrawn from use today. At the very least we will remove all litter pickers and bags.

While litter picking and beach cleaning in total isolation may not be a risk in itself, we believe that now is the time for extreme caution and staying at home.

Thank you very much. We appreciate all you do for us and look forward to seeing you all on the beach in the near future.

READ: UK BEACHES BUSY DESPITE ISOLATION PLEA

How about a #2minuteunderthesinktidy?

Can’t stop cleaning up? Us too. So we’ve decided, in view of the above, to start at home. It’s a great opportunity to tidy up the attic, plant some veg, take a peek under the bed and have a jolly good clear out under the sink. Or how about reassessing your waste? Now is the time to think about how you can reduce your plastic and help to stop beaches getting clogged up with plastic waste. And, at the moment it will help our local councils by taking at least some of the pressure off. The less waste you produce, the less they have to deal with during this crisis.

Not for you? How about #2minutesofpositivity?

You may have seen that we’ve been trying to keep our spirits up lately on social media. We’ve had some fun!! Nicky, our COO has shown her hidden talent for singing in the latest one, which went out yesterday. Take a peek. She has an amazing voice!! What’s your secret talent? Show us by making a video and tagging us @2minutebeachclean and adding #2minutesofpositivity.

WATCH: Nicky’s amazing 2 minutes

Thank you and with love,

Martin and the 2 Minute Team.

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CORONAVIRUS AND THE #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN

We are living through frightening times. In the coming weeks, events and gatherings, training and beach cleans will no doubt be cancelled and postponed. However, we’d like to remind you that you don’t need to attend beach cleans or organised clean ups to clean up the planet. Doing a #2minutebeachclean, #2minutelitterpick or #2minutestreetclean can be done on your own time, wherever you like, in your own company and away from other people if necessary. If you are distancing yourself socially, doing good things for the planet, while it’s still possible, can be a really positive thing. You don’t have to use equipment from our 800 beach cleaning and litter pick stations either, but if you do, we’d like to remind you to please do the following:

WEAR GLOVES AND WASH THEM AFTERWARDS and if you don’t have gloves, WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER USING THE STATIONS.

If you can’t wash your hands or wear gloves then please don’t use the stations. And if you can do your #2minutebeachclean without using our stations, do it anyway. Bring your own bag, wear gloves or use a litter picker and wash your hands afterwards.

If the Corona Virus is making you feel anxious then please understand that we feel it too. But we know, from talking to many of you over the years, that beach cleaning and litter picking can be a really positive thing. It can help to take your mind off your problems for a while. It also gets you out in nature, gives you exercise and helps the planet. And that is entirely positive too. Just remember to do it safely and wash your hands afterwards.

Thank you.

Be well.

Look after yourselves.

Get in touch for more information. And if anything changes, we’ll let you know.

With love.

Martin and the 2 Minute Team.

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Come and work with us!!!

JOB VACANCY AT THE BEACH CLEAN NETWORK

JOB TITLE:            Volunteer Co-ordinator

JOB PERIOD:       Initial 1 Year Fixed Contract

BASED:                 Bude, Cornwall

HOURS:                Minimum 3 days per week (TBC)

The Beach Clean Network is a not for profit based in Bude, Cornwall that is in the process of becoming a charity. We run the global #2minutebeachclean campaign and manage a network of over 750 litter picking stations in the UK and Ireland. We have recently received grant funding to enable us to recruit a Volunteer Co-ordinator for an initial 12-month period to create and manage a trial network of 20-30 volunteer Guardian Angels in the south west of England.

The Guardian Angels will be responsible for the local management and upkeep of our litter picking stations, keeping them topped up with pickers and reusable bags, making sure they are in good condition, gathering marine waste for recycling and acting as our representatives locally, as well as organising events, providing outreach and education about plastics in the marine environment.

The Volunteer Co-ordinator will be based in Bude and will be responsible for writing our volunteering policies, recruiting the Angels from our growing online community, kitting them out, organising training days and generally ensuring they are well taken care of and happy as well as supporting them in organising #2minute campaign events. The co-ordinator will report to the Founder, Martin Dorey and the Campaign manager, Andrea Harvey. The role is largely office based – in Bude, Cornwall – but some travel may be necessary from time to time. As such a full, clean current driving licence is essential. Some evening and weekend work may also be required. Please refer to the Person Specification section for further details.

We are an environmental organisation and therefore expect candidates to have a basic understanding of marine litter issues, the current state of UK recycling and general environmental practice. Becoming part of our team will involve becoming an environmental activist!

We see this role as a vital part of our development and will be seeking extended funding to expand our network to cover the whole of the UK and Ireland once the trial is successfully completed. As such we are seeking someone who will be able to grow with us, who can help shape our future, will muck in when required, can bring ideas and enthusiasm to our office and is genuinely interested in coming along with us on a unique journey as we endeavour to clean up the world’s oceans, two minutes at a time.

Duties include:

  • Recruiting a network of volunteers across the south west of the UK
  • Managing and supporting the volunteers throughout the year
  • Distributing, organising and managing litter picking kit
  • Working with our manufacturer to organise upkeep of boards
  • Managing budgets for kit, transport and training
  • Creating and managing volunteer and health and safety policies and protocols
  • Organising and running training days for volunteers
  • Helping to create educational resources for volunteers to use
  • Liaising with social media specialists, web designers and PR to share progress
  • Working with local authorities, landowners and contractors to remove beach litter
  • Mucking in and helping with other campaigns and day to day work where necessary

Person Specification

1. Qualifications Essential Desirable
Degree in an environmental science or closely allied discipline or equivalent work experience Y
Current First Aid at Work certificate Y
Full, clean, current UK driving licence (and access to own vehicle) Y
 
2. Knowledge/Experience
Awareness of litter problems, plastic pollution, sustainability, waste reduction, re-use initiatives and recycling Y
Experience of successfully recruiting,  training, co-ordinating and managing volunteers Y
Experience of writing volunteer information packs and developing related policies Y
Knowledge of health and safety issues and familiarity with writing and adhering to risk assessments Y
Experience of managing project budgets Y
Experience in creation of publicity and advertising materials Y
Proficient in use of technology and social media, with experience of working with Microsoft Office Y
Experience of writing project reports Y
Experience of public speaking and preparing presentations Y
Experience of organising public engagement events Y
Experience of writing grant applications Y
3. Skills
Ability to work individually, as well as part of a team Y
Excellent communication skills, both in writing and orally Y
Ability to motivate and inspire volunteers Y
Accuracy and attention detail in all aspects of work Y
Good time management and ability to prioritise workload Y

Please send a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) which you should use to demonstrate how you meet the requirements listed in the person specification, together with your CV (with the details of two referees, one of whom must be for your most recent employer) to: Andrea Harvey via email: andrea@2minute.org

Closing date for applications: Monday 23 September 2019 at 9am

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Beach Cleaning and Mental Health: Survey Results.

from Martin Dorey, founder of the #2minutebeachclean

“There is just no downside to making a positive difference to your environment.”

I have always found beach cleaning to be a very positive experience, despite it opening my eyes to the massive problem of plastic pollution. On one hand it makes me feel that I am making a positive difference and on the other hand it helps to strengthen my resolve. I see the state of the beach, the plastics washing up with every tide, and I feel inspired to carry on along the path that is the #2minutebeachclean.

I appreciate the outdoors and appreciate the time to think, away from the computer and the pressures of living in this society and time. During the lead up to my divorce I found beach cleaning to be a very powerful way of escaping, immersing myself in something positive and taking time out to calm down. Now, I go beach cleaning with my new partner, Lizzy, as it gives us time to talk, be together and share our ideals. But what about you?

“The sound of the sea washes my spirit clean”

We have long known that beach cleaning can have a positive effect on the people who participate, which is why we conducted a recent survey to get some stats to back up what we have been saying. We have got to know our family over the last five years and have heard many of their stories about illness, depression, anxiety and the positive effects of beach cleaning and we wanted to find out how many of you felt it was an important part of your wellbeing.

“It makes me leave the house for something positive.”

We asked 7 simple questions.

469 people took the survey.

27% of respondents took part in regular beach cleans.

The majority said they clean up in their own time with a #2minutebeachclean (70%), a #2minutelitterpick (42%) or #2minutestreetclean (25%). 27% said they take part in the occasional organised clean.

53% of those that responded said they experience or had experienced some kind of mental health problems, while 32% said they had other health issues.

Mental health issues and health problems didn’t deter many. 30% said that beach cleaning and clean up activities had a positive effect, while only 1.5% claimed that they stopped them from taking part. 11% of respondents said that their health issues stop them from taking part, but that they still do what they can.

20% of respondents said that their mental health and well being was better as a direct result of beach cleaning, while 33% said that beach cleaning helped them a lot with their mental health and well being.

When asked why their mental health and well being has improved due to beach cleaning (if they felt they benefited from it) 45 people skipped the question. Of those who answered the question 69% said it was because of getting out in the open air, 67% said it was because they felt good about keeping planet earth clean, 25% said it was because they met new people and 80% said that it made them feel positive.

Other responses to the question included the following (of the 49 comments in total):

“Because I have to focus on the beach, finding rubbish, which removes everything else going on in my mind for a while.”

“It makes me stop to take notice, which makes me feel present and stops worrying. It’s part of my exercise routine – personally I think it’s more satisfying than being in a gym! And I feel like I’m giving something, which makes me feel positive.”

“It actually makes me depressed to litter pick. It’s always in areas I’ve done before, yet more pond life keep throwing their crap out of windows. Just come back from a few days in Argyll and Bute. Beautiful part of the country. Lay-bys and road sides were disgusting.”

“Also – because I feel like I’m part of a family who care about reducing litter. Being a beach cleaner/ street cleaner feels like you’ve got a massive global (and local) family who feel the same as you.”

“All of the reasons above and the fact that cancer has made me realise I had little time left to try and leave the world a better place for my children.”

“Being outside. Moving. Bending. Walking. Fresh air and ions from the sea air would make anyone feel better. Litter picking is a positive action. It can generate feelings of frustration though.”

“Being part of the online community that goes with the #2minutebeachclean hashtag means it’s possible to be a part of something and feel involved without the pressure of face to face contact when that’s one pressure too many for a day, also the fact that the tide rolls in twice a day so there’s no pressure of a “set time” to have to leave the house/ get to the beach + the idea that’s reiterated across the @2min spectrum that 1 piece of plastic picked up made a difference – small, achievable goals.”

“If anything my beach cleaning activities make me feel more sad and depressed as I see how terrible humans have been to this planet, as well as an overwhelming hopelessness about how totally screwed we are.”

Thank you to all who took part.

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