At Kapuluan Coconut, we care about the planet we live in. We believe planting new coconut palm trees is an important and effective way to reduce carbon and global warming so with each purchase made, we plant a plant tree in the Philippines. Because of the people that support us and their interest in saving the planet, we constantly are educated about our world and inspired.
Jammy lives in Bohol, Philippines and recently started a Bohol Beach Clean Up at her local beach, which happens to be a very popular tourist area. She started an instagram account called @plasticfree_bohol and this caught our attention.
After seeing what she had started and learning more about the growing plastic pollution problems we thought maybe we could make a difference. So we decided to help Jammy spread the word. Our goal is to help anyone who wants to run a local beach clean up by promoting their event and reaching out to partners. Our first event will be hosted by Jammy on November 19, 2016. You can learn more about the event and RSVP to volunteer here:
We took the time to learn more about Jammy and why the Bohol beach clean up is so important. Here is our short interview with her.
Tell us about the area in the Philippines you live in and what you like most.
I live in a small town rich in nature. My “frontyard” is the sea, and my “backyard” is a jungle. We also have a mountain where we can hike and you can see the nearby island and other towns from above. It’s nice up there because you can see how green our town is. The main source of livelihood here is fishing and farming. And there are also people who make clay pots and sea salts.
We have nice spots for watching the sunrise & sunset, and for swimming of course. And my favorite area is the mangrove forest. Mangrove trees are very important since they act as protectors of the shoreline. It is one of my most favorite trees. ????
Why do you think it’s important to do beach clean ups?
Plastic kills. If we don’t clean our beaches and oceans, wildlife will be in danger. More than 100,000 marine animals die every year after ingesting or being entangled by plastic debris. It is very important to keep our environment clean and healthy to avoid killing both land and marine animals, and to avoid harming ourselves as well (we don’t want to eat fish with plastic in the future).
We are the guardians of this planet. Our job is to protect our home, and all other beings that are living here with us.
Do you see the plastic problem escalated in your area?
After doing regular Bohol beach clean ups and keen observation, I’d say yes. I pick up trash at our local beach at least three times a week. And every time I go back, I see more trash than my previous visit. It’s never ending. It’s getting worse.
What is the most common type of trash you see on the beaches?
The 5 most common trash I pick are: food wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic bags, plastic straws, and plastic bottles.
Tell us about Plastic Free Bohol. How many beach clean ups have you done?
I started the campaign as Ban Plastic Bags in Bohol, but later changed it because I just don’t want to focus on banning the single use plastic bags in our island. I started the movement to create and raise awareness on the plastic problem we have in Bohol, and to expose some of the trash I’ve encountered. I am hoping as well that through my page, I will be able to inspire others to live a minimal waste lifestyle and to start caring for our environment.
I started picking up trash way before I created Plastic Free Bohol. It all started when I saw how dirty Alona Beach is, how horrible it looked. I was frustrated seeing all the trash people left on the beach knowing that Alona Beach is considered a world class beach. Out of frustration, I started ranting on Facebook every time I see piles of trash on beaches and vacant lots. I just think it is very disrespectful to treat nature like a dumpster. But my personal profile is not public, so I created the public page.
I lost count of how many times I’ve picked up trash, but whenever I’m on the beach, I always take time to pick up and throw them properly before I go for a swim and sunbathe. This coming November 19 is the second Bohol beach clean up I’m doing with the community. The first one was held at the same beach last September for the International Coastal Clean Up Day. And we were able to pull out 66 sacks of trash out of the beach.
Hopefully, volunteers will show up on 19th, and we can pull out more than the last time.
Bohol Beach Clean Up
Thank you Jammy for being our first beach clean up host!
Plastic doesn’t go away. Yet, 33% of plastic is used only once then thrown away. It also does not biodegrade and as a result ends up in spaces where animals live, becoming dangerous to their habitat. We’re partnering with others for each clean up to help spread the word. Thank you to #breakfreefromplastic, Love Your Coast, Sustainable Coastlines and No Beach Plastic for your support for this movement!
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
If you’d like to start a beach clean up in your local area and need help to promote, let us know. Our goal is to have beach clean ups hosted every month around the world. Email email@example.com to get involved!