Trash Hero pro­gram cleans up Inya Lake

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - LAE PHYU PYA MYO MYINT lae­phyupya@gmail.com

THE he­roes were out in force yes­ter­day, busy pro­tect­ing their world, or at least a small part of it, from the ris­ing tide of garbage. Trash Hero mo­bilised its forces around the shores of Inya Lake for a morn­ing of beau­ti­fi­ca­tion, for the first time in Yangon.

Many of the volun­teers came from the Yangon Sail­ing Club, the Navy and Row­ing Clubs, the Yangon Univer­sity Boat Club and the Myan­mar Yacht­ing Fed­er­a­tion, who took to the boats to clear the wa­ters of rub­bish. They were aided by a sprin­kling of for­eign­ers.

The Trash Hero cam­paign has also helped keep Thai­land, In­done­sia, the Philip­pines, Malaysia and the Czech Repub­lic clean, as well as Dawei and sur­round­ing vil­lages. Most of the rub­bish takes the form of plas­tic bot­tles and bags.

Or­gan­is­ers say they will re­turn in about a month for a re­peat per­for­mance. Phone Kyaw Moe Myint, who has been sail­ing and swim­ming in the lake for 30 years, said he was glad of the op­por­tu­nity to re­move “dis­gust­ing” rub­bish from the water and to help pro­tect its green spa­ces.

He hopes yes­ter­day’s oper­a­tion will raise pub­lic aware­ness about the need to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and to keep their com­mu­nity clean and trash free. “It’s not enough to rely on the gov­ern­ment or the city au­thor­i­ties,” he said. “Ev­ery­body should as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for what they do.”

Inya Lake is the only place in Yangon where peo­ple can learn to sail a yacht, and yachts­peo­ple are un­der­stand­ably ea­ger to main­tain their en­vi­ron­ment, said Sai Pyaye Sone Hein, as­sis­tant head of the Myan­mar Yacht­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

Volun­teers fetch trash with nets on Inya Lake. The event was or­gan­ised by the Myan­mar Yacht­ing Fed­er­a­tion. A vol­un­teer hands over rub­bish from her pad­dle­board.

Photos: Thiri Lu

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