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International Coastal Cleanup 2012 Barbados Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 22:58

The International Coastal Cleanup 2012 (ICC 2012) which is an annual worldwide clean up activity occurred on the 15th September, 2012 within many countries. The Ocean Conservancy International and other organizations host the International Coastal Cleanup along with the Caribbean Youth Environment Network and the National Conservation Commission which is Barbados’ local coordinators for the ICC. This year the theme for this ICC was “Let’s boast about our coast!’ a perfect theme in terms of making a brighter and cleaner coast to be proud of.

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Throughout this cleanup, a total of 407 volunteers trekked to the four CYEN’s cleanup sites (Chandler’s Bay, Long Beach, Silver Rock and Skeete’s Bay) to lend a helping hand to this activity. These volunteers included the youth groups from churches, school groups, Girl Guides, Scouts, Brownies, individuals and Government departments such as the Urban Development Commission and the Constituency Councils.

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In total, a collection of 8056 garbage items which have the combined weight of 1516.9 lbs were collected from these four sites which totaled to 2214.7m in length, with the most common items being bottle caps/lids and picnic materials such as forks, plates, spoons and cups. This is a concern as it shows that pollution is a serious problem which not only affects our health, communities and economies but our wildlife which can become trapped by or asphyxiated after swallowing these garbage materials.

 

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