World Cleanup Day: let’s do our bit

SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS – Covering nearly 1 500km of the South African coastline, with a number of nodal cleanups to be implemented from Melkbosstrand in the west, to Ballito on the east coast, the inaugural “big cleanup” – a network of participating organisations and volunteer groups – will deliver a wave of change to our shores this International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), 16 September 2017 and all members of the public are invited to join in on the action.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (Wessa) Tourism Blue Flag project – a three-year coastal tourism and youth development project implemented in partnership with the Department of Tourism – along with the Let’s Do It!

Africa waste awareness campaign and other participating partners, will run or support a total of 22 registered coastal cleanup events.

This collaborative effort will enjoy the official support of Plastics|SA as an implementer and main sponsor of the annual ICC event.

The ICC initiative has been an unwavering platform to raise awareness on marine pollution, inadequate waste management, the need for recycling and non-littering in South Africa for the past 20 years.

This year’s big cleanup network will enable citizens to actively do something to improve the health of their local marine resources.

Building on this model, the Let’s Do It! civic-led mass movement, currently being introduced to the African continent and neighbouring nations, works to unite the global community and encourages civic society members to stand up against the ever-growing trash problem by cleaning up waste both along the coast and inland.

To date, 113 countries and more than 16-million people have joined the campaign to clean up illegal waste.

The network also enjoys the volunteer support of the City of Cape Town; Ray Nkonyeni municipality; Knysna municipality; and Overstrand municipality.

Special environmental calendar days come and go, but the sustainability of the ICC and World Cleanup Day models serve as a strong indicator of what citizens desire – a clean and healthy, waste-free planet.

To learn more about the various coastal cleanup events, visit www.wessa.co.za or www.letsdoitworld.org.