Volunteers from Deloitte Guernsey have supported local marine life with a collaborative beach clean at Salarie Corner on 14 June.
Deloitte Guernsey were joined by Karen, Richard, Tracey, James, Jacob and Tom at GROW, its Five Million Futures (5MF) charity, Fern and Andrew from Guernsey’s local charity, the Clean Earth Trust (CET), coming together to support one of Deloitte Global’s sustainability charity partners, the Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC).
The WDC works globally to create healthy seas and fight for the survival of whales and dolphins.
Deloitte’s efforts with a local beach clean will promote the importance of looking after our natural environment by preserving local wildlife and reducing plastic pollution.
After a number of successful events with several of Deloitte UK’s offices, the Guernsey office welcomed Em and Georgia from the WDC who introduced a competitive element to the beach clean. This saw the litter picking team split into two groups, Team Whale and Team Dolphin, who competed to collect the most rubbish.
Following the beach clean, volunteers heard from the CET about the work they do, focusing on their ‘Adopt a Patch’ project, an initiative which encourages people to take responsibility for a local area by regularly removing litter to keep Guernsey clean.
The CET supported the clean with equipment and logistics.
Jo Huxtable, Tax Partner at Deloitte Guernsey, said: “Every little action counts. 95% of the litter in our oceans flows from the city through rivers, drains and waterways into the sea. On reaching the sea, this waste doesn’t disappear. It disintegrates into smaller pieces of toxic plastic which are often eaten by marine species, including whales and dolphins.
“The team and I are very proud of the work we are doing with WDC. With Salarie Corner being so close to the office, it is truly an opportunity for us to make a visible difference to the Guernsey area and in a small way, help to reduce the flow of toxic plastic into the sea.”