KEEP IT CLEAN
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.