you describe what the Beach Clean Network is all about?
Dorey: It is about inspiring people to make a difference
2 minutes at a time. We started off doing beach cleans and then began
the #2minutebeachclean campaign in 2013 after bad storms at the coast
in the UK. We try to inspire everyone everywhere to take 2 minutes
to do something good, like pick up beach litter or think about new
ways of cutting out plastic. That’s the start. Afterwards we
hope they will go on to do even bigger, better things.
satisfied are you with the # 2minutebeachclean project?
Martin Dorey: We started with 1 beach clean
station and 1 hashtagged post on Instagram. Today there are 136,000
of them. Each one is 2 minutes (at least) of time spent by someone,
wherever they are in the world, doing something good for the planet.
That’s incredible. We also look after 800 beach cleaning stations
all over the UK and Ireland. So, yes, I am quite pleased.
will be # 2minutesolution?
Martin Dorey: This is the upstream version
of the #2minutebeachclean. This is the prevention. If people take
2 minutes out of their day to find ways around using plastic then
they will stop people like me from having to pick it up off the beach
later. So, if you give up straws, or use a reusable water bottle instead
of buying a plastic bottle every day, they won’t kill wildlife.
Simple. The less plastic we use the less pollution.
are there only ideas for plastic reduction in the book and not other
things such as ideas for saving electricity or vacationing without
Dorey: You’ll have to read Kids Fight Climate Change
(which comes out soon) to get that answer. Kids Fight Plastic is about
plastic. While plastic is a small part of the environmental picture
and contributes to climate change, my campaign is primarily about
plastic, so that’s what I have written about first. In the second
book we talk about flying, turning off the TV, shopping, food miles,
saving energy, walking, cycling and all those vital things we all
need to do as a natural part of our environmental battles. Plastic
is the gateway to bigger environmental thinking because it’s
tangible. You can see it and understand it. Climate change is bigger
and less solid.
you planning another book on this topic?
Dorey: Not at the moment, although ideas flash across my
mind all the time. We’ll see!!! Kids Fight Injustice?