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Teens call on public to join beach cleanup

Join us for the cleanup: from left, Nathaniel Binega-Northcott, JP Didyk and Toby Gibbons (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

Three teens who have joined forces to brighten Bermuda’s beaches are now calling on the public to pitch in for their last job.

The Clean Habitats trio has set aside Sunday, May 15, for the culmination of their beach cleanups, at Whalebone Bay in St George’s.

The group have joined forces with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, where Kyla Smith of the ocean academy programme praised their drive in mustering a varied turnout for earlier cleanups at the East End.

“I’ve been blown away by their enthusiasm and dedication, and they totally did it themselves,” she said.

Somersfield M3 students Nathaniel Binega-Northcott, JP Didyk and Toby Gibbons, all 13, all share a passion for the environment.

Nathaniel was drawn to the beach cleanup idea through his friendships with staff at BIOS, which had adopted Whalebone Bay and Well Bay beach on Cooper’s Island.

JP has “always had a passion for everything on the ocean”, while Toby holds nature and animal life in fascination.

“When we were doing out previous cleanups we also did data collection for BIOS,” said Nathaniel: the institute takes interest in what kinds of debris makes its way to Bermuda’s shores.

Plenty of trash is home-grown but bizarre objects can wash up from far away, among them glow sticks, shoes and hunks of paraffin wax.

Ms Smith said Whalebone Bay, a natural catchment for debris, was in particular need of constant maintenance.

With that in mind, members of the public are invited to join the team on May 15 from 2pm at the entrance to Ferry Beach Park.

A tent, snacks and water will be provided, Toby added.

To find out more or volunteer, contact the Clean Habitats Group at somersfieldmarinehabitats@gmail.com