Below are new words to an old song are by Nick Ware,
who has given permission for its wide use.
Picture above, by Muntaka Chasant (via Wikipedia), shows a shoreline in Ghana, which rem1nds us that ocean pollution is a world-wide problem.

Beside the Seaside (Environmental Version)

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside.
Oh, we do like to be beside the sea.
Oh, we do like the shells that lie along the shore
Where the tide rolls in and the breakers roar.
Oh, we do like do like the starfish in the rockpools.
Oh, we do like the creatures of the sea
And we love the playful leap
Of the dolphins in the deep
Beside the seaside, beside the sea.

But we don’t like what’s happened to the seaside.
No, we don’t like the rubbish in the sea.
We don’t like the litter clogging up the sand
Or the plastic islands floating far from land.
Oh, we don’t like the oil slicks in the ocean.
Oh, we don’t like the sewage in the sea.
It’s a mess and I’m afraid
That we’ve spoilt the world God made.
We’ve marred the seaside, we’ve marred the sea.

Oh, I do hope that we can save the seaside.
Oh, I do pray that we can save the sea.
Oh, I do hope the waters where the sea gulls screech
Will be clean once more and clean the pebbled beach.
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside.
Oh, we do like to be beside the sea
And we hope that we can learn
And we pray the tide will turn
Beside the seaside, beside the sea.

Wonford Green Team

Last summer my husband and I were enjoying a walk around the Quay in Exeter, as we approached the covered area called the Transit Shed, we saw there were a few tables set up selling produce. I stopped to browse. A lovely lady had various bars of lovely smelling soap. She explained she made hand soap and shampoo bars at her home in Devon, they were wrapped in paper and were all made using natural ingredients. No parabens, chemicals or palm oil. AND NO PLASTIC. At one time, before plastic was invented, shampoo was always sold as solid bars. On impulse I bought some shampoo and conditioner bars. I have been very pleased with the result and am pleased to reduce my plastic shopping in this way. Various businesses now sell these and there are quite a few small Devon companies which means you can support a local business. If you have the Internet, Google The Natural Spa or Emma’s Soaps or go on the site called Etsy which sells items from small producers. Lush and Holland & Barrett also sell shampoo bars.

From Alison Howell on behalf of the Green Team.