Wanna do more for our oceans? Here’s how (and the kids will love it)!

32379003111_bd5a2e54b2_bI am so excited about this new campaign by one of my favourite organisations! Everyone, everywhere in the world can get involved and contribute to the health of our oceans.

Take 3 is asking us to ‘Pick it up. Snap it. Share it’.   It, of course, being litter, which ends up in the sea. The (now registered) charity is calling on us all to become Citizen Scientists and chip away at the massive issue of pollution.

While it’s 100% ace to pick up rubbish and put it in a bin or take it home to dispose of, adding the next two steps will help the boffins at Macquarie University understand better what kinds of rubbish end up on the ground and how best to reduce them.

If you’re already taking your three (or more) for the sea, then you are obviously a legend and you won’t mind sharing the data from your micro clean ups (that’s how we speak now, we’re scientists).

This picture here is from a cleanup organised by Tim Silverwood, founder of Take 3, a few years ago. Piles of trash were sorted into types and an inventory was recorded.

Tim Silverwood rubbish sorting

You don’t have to do anything quite so tricky as that, here’s how we Citizen Scientists do it:

    Conduct a micro clean up (anywhere, anytime).
  2. SNAP IT
    Lay out the trash (litter, debris) on a flat, plain surface and take a photograph so each item is clearly visible (probably a maximum of 50-100 items depending on size).
    Share the image on social media with the #take3forthesea hashtag so we can see it. Please include the following information:

    • Where did you clean up? (geotag the location)
    • How long did it take you? (eg. #10minutes)
    • How many people participated? (eg. #2people)
    • How many items did you collect? (count the number of items eg. #23pieces)
    • If you want to go the extra mile, feel free to include additional information like: distance travelled, brand items, recent weather events, anything else you think is relevant.

Here is our first attempt, it was at Beerwah Library, close to the entrance (and a bin!). Five minutes, 1 adult and 2 kids, 23 pieces collected:


You can also join the Facebook Group to submit photos and talk to other ‘Pick it up. Snap it. Share it.’ participants or share photos directly to the Take 3 for the Sea Facebook page. Instagram and Twitter are great too, just be sure to tag #take3forthesea.

Take 3 has some grand visions for the future, including object recognition software so all our pics can be quickly scanned and the rubbish categorised and an app they like to describe as “POKEMON GO but for collecting rubbish!!” If you love their work, you can always DONATE to help with this mission.

Who’s picked up rubbish recently? Let us know what you found and where!

photo credit: Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com) A child on the beach – Florida, United States – Black and white street photography via photopin (license)

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