Beach Clean Ups
Like many of you we love our beaches! They are a major recreational area and provide us with a place to relax and celebrate the stunning diversity of life. Oceans are an important source of livelihood for many in Chaguaramas and the Caribbean. Oceans provide protien for 2.6 billion people and help keep our planet healthy!
This is why the Chaguaramas Development Authority has been involved in numerous clean-up exercises over the years via The International Coastal Clean-Up.
The Ocean Conservancy (OC) initiated the global International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) event initiated in 1986 with the aim to engage citizens to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways all around world, identify pollution sources, and change the behavioural patterns that contribute to pollution.
It’s been a huge success and has become the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways. More than half-a-million people in 100 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterways all over the world. Following the day’s clean-up, local coordinators collect raw data from each clean-up site including people participating at each site, pounds of trash picked up, and types and categories of marine debris.
The Ocean Conservancy compiles this information and uses it “to paint a better picture of marine debris sources, in an effort to actively address the link between human activities and debris. This comprehensive look at the human fingerprint of marine debris helps to educate government, scientists and the public. It’s about prevention just as much as it is about cleaning up.”
The International Coastal Cleanup Trinidad & Tobago - ICCTT brings organisations and individuals across Trinidad and Tobago together to participate in this day each September. Thousands of volunteers from all walks of life participate and clear our beaches of everything from cigarette butts and food wrappers to lost fishing nets and major appliances.
For more information or to volunteer click here: http://cnirdregional.org/coastal-clean-up-2014/
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