Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Save The Beach Campaign

Got an email this week about Corona Extra's "Save The Beach" campaign.

It is easy to be skeptical of a company, such as one that produces beer in bottles, that suddenly sponsors a campaign linked to cleaning up waste from Britain and Europe's beaches.

I hope the motivation really encompasses more than fishing for good PR and is Corona's attempt to embrace corporate responsbility and promote sensible drinking and proper recycling of its bottles. All companies that try to do the right thing should get our support I think so I'm happy to promote this campaign.

The project is to identify, protect and preserve the beaches of Britain and Europe, by identifying the most dirty ones most in need of cleaning up. Members of the public are invited to send in photos or videos of the dirty beaches they find, showing the beach litter, marine pollution and sewerage outlets running into the sea and any other related issues that blight our coastlines. You can register here.

Blue Flag is supporting the project. Beaches will be judged and you can cast your vote on the most dirty beaches. A shortlist of the worst ones will be drawn up and then Corona has pledged to clean up and maintain the worst one. Looked at the UK's Blue Flag site and discovered that Norfolk has 4 beaches awarded a Blue Flag out of 13 in East Anglia. There's a lot of coastline around this region and no doubt the hideous amounts of waste washed ashore from litter-louts out at sea has a big detrimental impact.

More information can be found at the campaign's web site and the Dirty Beaches blog. Jade Jagger and Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of the famous Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, are supporting the campaign.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Summer's here, and so is the noise pollution!

It's been really humid and hot in Norwich this week. Time for opening up the doors and windows to let some air in the house.

Not that I'm complaining about Summer weather, its just takes it's toll with our young children. Being able to keep the windows open overnight makes a big difference to helping them get a good night's sleep.

What I do object to is those inconsiderate neighbours who are displaying selfish behaviour and playing their booming music, normally reserved for modded Vauxhal hatchbacks with oversized amps in the boot.

Its dire music and we don't thank you for extending your living room into our homes by turning the volume up to the max.

What happened to consideration for others?
I must be approaching middle age. If I don't watch out, I'll end up voting Tory. Aaaah!