Taking action on the beaches!

This #iwill week we’re celebrating the fantastic social action members have been taking. Here, Sophie, Ellie and Alice from 148th City of Edinburgh Guides share why they’ve been cleaning beaches in Edinburgh.

Sophie, Ellie and Alice all took part in Girlguiding’s Action for Change project. It aimed to give girls age 13-18 the skills to campaign on the issues they’re passionate about, grow in confidence and be a force for good in their communities. As part of their project they’ve been working to protect the environment. The girls share how they’ve been getting on…

Sophie says:

I’ve always been passionate about protecting the environment but with such a big issue it’s hard to know where to start. Taking part in Action for Change showed us how we could make a real difference by taking action in our community.

When we spoke to the rest of our unit about the project they were really excited to get involved so we came up with the idea of doing a beach clean.

Our unit ended up collecting an impressive 12 bags jammed full of rubbish and we don’t plan to stop there. We’re already looking into other ways to help protect the local beaches.

Ellie says:

We know rubbish left on beaches doesn’t just look awful and put people off visiting – it can also get in the sea and cause damage to local wildlife. Organising our beach clean was hard work but we had lots of fun too – we felt really proud to have collected so much rubbish and to have made a real difference.

Alice says:

Everyone got really involved with the beach clean so now we’re looking at completing our Ocean Challenge Badge with our unit to learn more about how we can protect the ocean and the wildlife that lives there.

How you can get involved

Find out more about how your unit can get involved in some great social action projects here.