News From the SAVE Team

With recent floods and cyclone Gabrielle, we have found that many beaches on the North Shore including Milford have been majorly impacted by washed-up debris.  This debris consists of seaweed, branches, sand, leaves and lots and lots of plastic.  This is particularly significant because more than 800 species of wildlife around the world are affected by beach pollution.  More than 100,000 seabirds, sea turtles, seals and many other marine mammals fall victim each year due to ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it.  Animals can easily mistake floating plastic for food causing them to choke, sustain an internal injury, or starve.

Carmel College SAVE group are keen to address this but would also like to encourage all Carmel students and whanau to invest some time in cleaning up their local beach or waterway.  To stay safe please check the weather and tides before you go to the beach and make sure to bring a parent or guardian with you because of the sheer unpredictability of the weather at the moment.

The SAVE Team