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Stu­dents from schools across Shar­jah swapped their books for bags as they united to col­lect lit­ter from the shore­line around Al Mamzar Beach. They were joined by two teams of divers from the Shar­jah Po­lice Res­cue Unit and Shar­jah Aquar­ium, who gath­ered dis­carded waste from the seabed dur­ing the Marine En­vi­ron­men­tal Clean-Up. This was or­gan­ised by the Shar­jah Mu­se­ums Depart­ment (SMD) as part of its Be­cause We Care so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tive. The clean-up hap­pens once a year in or­der to dis­cour­age peo­ple from dis­pos­ing of lit­ter around the coast­line, and to high­light the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing Shar­jah’s marine en­vi­ron­ment. SMD’s Act­ing Cu­ra­tor of Shar­jah Aquar­ium, Rashid Al Shamsi, said, “it’s amaz­ing just how much waste we find each year, and it re­ally shows that we need to change the public’s men­tal­ity. To­day’s beach clean-up is about ed­u­cat­ing the next gen­er­a­tion that it’s wrong to use our pre­cious coast­line as a place to dis­card of garbage and un­wanted items.” Al­to­gether about 120 stu­dents and a small team of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers took part in the clean-up and while they combed the shore­line, the divers searched the seabed. Since launch­ing Be­cause We Care in 2009, SMD has staged al­most 200 events and projects aimed at pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zen­ship.

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