The British Mountaineering Council, is on a quest to remove mountains of waste.
With 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. If no action is taken, this figure will treble within the next ten years. 80% of litter in the seas comes from inland. Recent studies have also found substantial amounts of plastic waste on some of our most remote mountains and a study of 13 UK rivers by Greenpeace revealed they all contained microplastics.
The British Mountaineering Council’s launched the Hills2Oceans campaign in 2019 with their members who regularly enjoy the great outdoors: climbing, hiking, walking, mountaineering and rambling to help to make a difference to their local environment.
This innovative campaign encourages such nature lovers to help clean up the countryside by taking part in a litter pick or undertaking their own solo litter pick – carrying a reusable bag and folding litter picker. To date the campaign has seen over 3,300 members get involved, collecting tonnes of rubbish which would have ended up in our oceans. So far, they have given out 3,270 sustainable litter pickers and collected over 9000 bags of litter.
Find out more: Hills2Ocean