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|Barbados International Coastal Cleanup 2012|
|Tuesday, 30 October 2012 22:58|
The International Coastal Cleanup 2012 (ICC 2012), an annual worldwide clean up activity, occurred on 15 September, 2012 within a number of countries participating wordwide. The Ocean Conservancy International, along with the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and National Conservation Commission (NCC) worked with other organizations to host the ICC, acting as Barbados’ local ICC coordinators. 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.
Throughout this cleanup, a total of 407 volunteers trekked to the four CYEN cleanup sites (Chandler’s Bay, Long Beach, Silver Rock, and Skeete’s Bay) to lend a helping hand to this activity. Volunteers included youth groups from churches, school groups, Girl Guides, Scouts, Brownies, individuals and Government departments such as the Urban Development Commission and the Constituency Councils.
In total, a collection of 8056 garbage items with the combined weight of 1516.9 lbs were collected from these four sites, totaling to 2214.7m in length. The most common items collected were 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 or asphyxiated after swallowing garbage materials.