WWF Pa­cific, Project Sur­vival or­gan­ise clean up

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Acoast­line clean-up cam­paign was con­ducted yes­ter­day along the coast of Queen El­iz­a­beth Drive ending at My Suva Pic­nic Park.

The World Wide Fund Pa­cific vol­un­teers pro­gramme was part of the ini­tia­tive. The World Wide Fund for Na­ture is an in­ter­na­tional non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion founded in 1961, work­ing in the field of the wilderness preser­va­tion, and the re­duc­tion of hu­man­ity’s foot­print on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pro­gramme pres­i­dent, Genevieve Jiva, said the clean-up cam­paign was ini­ti­ated to co­in­cide with the In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup Day.

She said they started last year. The event is on the third Satur­day of Septem­ber adding that it was also in line with their Pa­cific Pol­lu­tion Free Fiji cam­paign.

“One of our tar­gets is to cre­ate aware­ness on the 3Rs which is re­cy­cle, re­use and re­duce for bot­tles and plas­tic,” Ms Jiva said.

“We put bot­tles, plas­tic, pack­ets, and other rub­bish sep­a­rately, than we will do a sur­vey.”

For the bot­tles and plas­tic bags they would be con­duct­ing a work­shop soon where they would teach vol­un­teers how to use cre­ate new prod­ucts from these items.

“Our clean-up cam­paign is also one of the things that we can con­trib­ute to the build-up of cli­mate week.”

Join­ing in the vol­un­teers were the team from Project Sur­vival Pa­cific.

This is one of their ac­tiv­i­ties that they do once in ev­ery two months.

Co-cor­di­na­tor, Lave­tanalagi Seru, said they were con­scious of the heavy pol­lu­tion in our sur­round­ings and com­mu­ni­ties. And this has ended up on our beaches, and we in­tend to clear the rub­bish along our coast­line.”

“This is one of the things we can help make our en­vi­ron­ment clean.

“So we are here to­day with all this fan­tas­tic peo­ple to clean up our beaches be­cause we feel it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to clean up.”

Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

World Wide Fund Pa­cific vol­un­teers with Project Sur­vival team dur­ing their clean-up cam­paign on Septem­ber 16, 2017.

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