International coastal clean up day in East London

BY ZANDISIWE POLTIN - SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

The Department of Environmental Affairs will on Saturday, 19th September 2015 lead the annual International Coastal Clean-Up (ICCU) in East London.

The event will serve as the platform to address environmental issues that the people of the Coast experience and stimulate change in the negative effects that pollution has on the marine environment.

Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson, will lead the beach clean-up.

Various participants are expected, including: volunteers, school learners, educators, unemployed youth, and participants from the Environmental Programmes, community members, senior government officials and the corporate sector.

“Annually, volunteers around the world take part in the world’s biggest coastal clean-up. The event has been held internationally each year since 1986, when people head to the beaches and begin removing debris and rubbish from shorelines, waterways and oceans.

“The ICCD initiative worldwide remains the largest volunteer environmental data-gathering effort and clean-up event of coastal and underwater areas in the world to date,” said the Department.

The event will also empower communities to take ownership of their coastal environment for all the services it provides.

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