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