Clean coast for the world

The Mercury - - NEWS - Kam­cilla Pil­lay

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TALLY con­scious Dur­ban­ites will join thou­sands across the world to­mor­row in ef­forts to clean up rub­bish.

The op­er­a­tions will take place in hon­our of In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day, which, ac­cord­ing to ac­tivist or­gan­i­sa­tion Ocean Con­ser­vancy, looks at “har­ness­ing the power of peo­ple to fight ocean trash”.

“To­day, plas­tic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea tur­tle species,” it said.

Ocean Con­ser­vancy said more than 12 mil­lion peo­ple had been part of the world’s “big­gest vol­un­teer ef­fort” to pro­tect the ocean. Last year, more than 500000 vol­un­teers around the world took part.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion said col­lec­tively they picked up more than 8.3 mil­lion kilo­grams of rub­bish.

KZN co-or­di­na­tor of the clean-up ef­fort Caro­line Reid told The Mer­cury that there were op­er­a­tions set up in uMh­langa, Blue La­goon, KwaMashu, Ham­mars­dale, the Man­groves, Ushaka Ma­rine World, eManz­im­toti, Hib­ber­dene, Mar­gate and Port Shep­stone.

“There are oth­ers as well. The op­er­a­tions start at 9am,” said Reid.

She en­cour­aged peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

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