The Bidpath 1000 Mile Beach Clean
As part of our Sustainability Strategy, we are supporting the Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Clean campaign. Surfers Against Sewage is ” one of the UK’s leading marine conservation charities” that “deals with a wide spectrum of marine conservation issues from marine litter to climate change.” Since 1990, the charity has grown its community to over 300,000 people through “education, volunteering, beach cleans, campaigns, parliamentary events and advocacy.” Their most ambitious community campaign thus far is the Million Mile Beach Clean which encourages all supporters to join in on removing rubbish and cleaning up beaches, rivers, parkland and mountains to contribute towards the goal.
At Bidpath, we are pledging to cover at least 1000 miles this year involving our global teams in the UK, North America, Europe and Australia, to help Surfers Against Sewage reach its million mile target and protect the areas we love.
Throughout the year we will be holding Bidpath-led cleanup events in different global regions, and team members will take part in additional cleanups during runs, walks, and bike rides in their local communities. Our objective is to support the protection of marine environments through the removal of plastic and other waste pollution whilst encouraging our teams and wider community to get outside, reconnect with the environment and do something that feels good and does good!
“Our vision is to be a purpose-led leader in sustainability within our industry and in doing so, create an exciting and successful future for ourselves and our clients. We hope our community volunteer events this year will bring a sense of unity, and an awareness of the impact we can have both within and outside the auction industry.”
Why is this important?
“12 million tonnes of plastic are pouring into the ocean every year. Plastic has been found in the deepest parts of the ocean, as far away as the Antarctic and across UKs beaches. This plastic pollution is choking the ocean. Birds, whales and turtles are killed when they mistake plastics for food or when they get tangled in packaging and ghost fishing gear. Plastic pollution can carry toxic chemicals, pathogens and invasive species to isolated and pristine marine habitats, damaging some of the most vulnerable wildlife.” – Surfers Against Sewage
There is no better time than now to take some action and make a difference. We believe we have a role to lead others to change the way they work, in the same way we are changing and hope this ethos becomes the standard for our industry and many others alike.
Every bit counts – no matter how big or small. These cleanups are not the only solution to the plastic crisis our world is facing, but they are a great start. By encouraging each of our teams to face these problems head on, we hope to inspire them to do what they can to help and enable them to bring these efforts into their communities and to those around them.