Clean Coast Outer Hebrides

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Clean Coast Outer Hebrides was set up in 2018 by a group of people concerned about the growing issue of plastic waste, and it’s effect on the coasts of the Outer Hebrides. Clean Coast Outer Hebrides are actively supporting, organising, leading, and participating in beach cleaning around the Outer Hebrides.

In 2019 they started working towards achieving Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community Status.  They also work closely with the Scottish Islands Federation and Highland Environment Forum.

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 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. We are also advocates of the sustainable use of coasts and oceans.

After much dedicated work, in May, 2019, Clean Coast Outer Hebrides achieved Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation status (SC049307), with membership open to any person or organisation interested in supporting their aims with a specific interest in the Outer Hebrides.

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Immediate goals are to support and organise Beach Cleans around the Outer Hebrides with Schools and community organisations and to work towards achieving Surfers Against Sewage, Plastic Free Community status.

Clean Coast Outer Hebrides is working closely with Surfers Against Sewage and Parley to turn the Outer Hebrides into a Plastic-Free Community.

To highlight the role that science plays to help address and mitigate issues such as flooding in communities across the Outer Hebrides, Clean Coast Outer Hebrides will host events such as the Big Climate Conversation, at Barvas and Brue Community Centre on the Isle of Lewis.

Longer term goals are to involve the community and raise awareness of a range of marine issues, especially to educate and involve younger members of the community, and to work together with community organisations and others to protect the marine environment.