Vote now to help Morecambe Bay Partnership win funding for their ‘Clear the Bay by Day’ Project

Voting closes 12 noon, Thursday 22nd October.

Morecambe Bay Partnership has entered a competition being run by the European Outdoor Conservation Association and urgently needs your vote to ensure success.

Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Chief Executive Susannah Bleakley said

“We have just 1 week to get 1000’s of votes to  turn the tide on plastic. We are the only UK-based project in the marine category of this international funding competition.

 ‘Clear the Bay by Day’, will mobilise an army of volunteers to clear Morecambe Bay’s beaches of plastic and the new pandemic of disposable masks. 

You can help, it’s so easy and takes less than 20 seconds to vote.  Your vote can help raise awareness about plastic and clear up beautiful Morecambe Bay. Please vote now to turn the tide on plastic.

Yesterday the organisers said we were in second place, we need to win. So please share and spread this request to friends, family and colleagues.

It’s one vote per device – so if you have a tablet, and a laptop, and a smart phone you can do 3 votes.”

(please click on the links in the text above to be directed to the voting site)

Background

Morecambe Bay is the largest intertidal area in the UK, and a national biodiversity hotspot, with a mosaic of habitats from dunes and salt marshes to grasslands and woodland.  It is visited by over 18 million day trippers annually. Many of these use the popular Bay Cycle Way, or take part in the Cross Bay Walk and other events.

An epidemic of PPE (personal protective equipment) is adding to an ever increasing amount of plastic pollution,  resulting in an increasing threat to the  health of the ecologically fragile environment, as well as the natural beauty which attracts visitors to the area.

The project will educate and communicate with those who love and use the Bay most by upscaling its volunteering operations to include cycleways and trails, working with sporting groups to eliminate single use waste from events and instilling the ‘leave no trace’ mentality in the Bay’s users. Independent beach cleans will be encouraged and 42 clean ups will be organised along 210km of beach, cycleway and trail, involving local groups, visitors, and organisations. 9 talks will be held specifically with event organisers to eliminate the use of single-use plastic.

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