At its core Clean Coast Outer Hebrides is a group people who care about the coastal environment. Clean Coast Outer Hebrides formed in 2018 as the continuation and development of claddach, an active and popular environmental group founded by our Chair, Janet Marshall, in 2017. As the acting environmental spokesperson for the Outer Hebrides we are raising awareness of, and actively pursuing solutions to, the pollution that is present in the coastal regions of the Outer Hebrides, and its potential negative impacts on life. We are advocates of sustainable use of oceans and sustainable development of their resources. On the 16th May, 2019, Clean Coast Outer Hebrides achieved Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation status (SC049307).
It is hard to ignore the fact that the shores of the Outer Hebrides are getting dirtier, more plastics, more visible, and worryingly more invisible, pollution. My original aim was to do a little fundraising in order to charter boats to reach the less accessible shores. However, following my postings on Facebook, the response was so fantastic, so enthusiastic, and simply brimming with good ideas that I have set my sights a bit higher. – Janet Marshall, December 2017
We are actively supporting, organising, leading, and participating in beach cleaning around the Outer Hebrides. We are not activists, our work is conducted in harmony, partnership, and collaboration, with others, including the local council, schools, and community organisations, as well as families and individuals, to best serve the communities we work with. In 2019 we will start working towards achieving Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community Status. Clean Coast Outer Hebrides is also a member of the Coastal Communities Network and works closely with the Scottish Islands Federation and Highland Environment Forum.
We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, with membership open to any person or organisation interested in supporting our aims with a specific interest in the Outer Hebrides.
To contact us, email CleanCoastOH@gmail.com, or get in touch via our Facebook page. You can join our mailing list to get updates about organised beach cleans and other activities, We also have an active Facebook group which we encourage you to become a member, join the conversation, post your latest thoughts, and get active in tackling plastic pollution!
The main organising committee meets monthly, with an annual AGM for all members, and other sub-committee meetings as necessary.
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