“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart” – Elizabeth Andrew
Come join us for this year’s 2018 National Cleanup Day in Taiwan – Sunday 20th May
I am sure everyone has heard about an amazing group of people known simply as volunteers. In fact, I am sure most of you have probably volunteered for some worthy cause at some point in your lives? Me, well, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the consistent dedication volunteers give to their individual causes.
I read about the Doctors and staff of Médecins sans frontières (Doctors without border), who give up their time and skills in incredibly dangerous parts of the world to help people in dire straits. Or what about the incredibly brave rangers who form part of Tanzania’s elite anti-poaching National and Transnational Serious Crimes Unit (NTSCIU), risking their lives to save the lives of Elephants.
There are millions more volunteers, helping out all over the world in a multitude of ways. Relatives caring for family members with illness and disabilities. Researchers collecting invaluable data to help further understanding or to highlight risk. Neighbourhood watch, planting new trees, protecting hatching turtles, helping underprivileged kids. There are so many wonderful people and organisations all across the world doing incredible things.
What Do I Care About?
One of the issues I write a lot about is plastic-waste and the terrible impact it has on our wildlife. Our best estimates suggest we are dumping the equivalent of a fully loaded garbage truck full of trash into the ocean every minute of the day. By 2050 scientists have predicted that our trash will outweigh all lifeforms in the ocean. The ocean has become a giant garbage can and it is filling up fast.
We now know that almost all of our drinking water (Bottled and tap) contains plastic. A lot of our food also contains plastic. Animals too are eating plastic and all of us are getting sick.
We are literally drowning in a sea of plastic.
Time to Volunteer!
But rather than just writing about plastic pollution, I think it’s time to volunteer!
This event will be held simultaneously across the whole of Taiwan at the following locations.
- Fulong Beach – event link
- Danshui – event link
- Jinshan – event link
- Wai’ao – event link
- Pingxi – event link
- Shifen – event link
- Taitung – event link
- Baishawan Bay – event link
- Wulai – event link
- Kaohsiung – event link
- Hualien – event link
- Yushan – event link
If you are a new volunteer, this is a great opportunity meet new people and make a real difference. It doesn’t matter if you are a tourist here on holiday or a local who has lived in Taiwan all their lives. You can all help protect the fragile ecology of Taiwan, keep the beaches clean and save our wildlife (And have some fun too!).
If, like me, you have been inspired by the millions of volunteers from around the world, why not join us? Then discover the gift that only volunteering can give you, a feeling of true satisfaction with life.
How To Join?
For full details of how to volunteer or get involved in this nationwide event, please check out the contact details below :
- Mark Blackburn @ One Brown Planet – www.onebrownplanet.com
- Dustin or Ryan @ Taiwan Adventure Outings – Facebook Page