Although 7500 people volunteered to clean oil from Bay of Plenty beaches after the Rena struck the Asttrolabe reef in Tauranga harbour, only 160 of these generous souls have actually showed up to do any work.
Too bad that a public holiday weekend got in the way and oil free beaches suddenly proved more attractive.
People should be more like cats i.e. honest and not make promises they have no intention of keeping. A cat would never volunteer for an unpleasant boring task. We are true realists and interested only in pleasing ourselves and doing things that we enjoy.
In any case aren’t there a lot of feral humans, normally kept under lock and key, who could be encouraged (suitably guarded) to get out there and scrub the sand and seabirds?