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Coastweek-- Some of the volunteers who turned up for the coastal clean-up exercise in Msambweni, South-Coast. Hundreds of volunteers in Kenya participate in the global exercise.
6000 Kg of Plastic Waste Collected In Shimoni,
Msambweni And Mkwiro In Global Clean-Up Exercise

Kwale — Over 6,000kg of plastic waste was collected on 16th September along the Kenyan coastal strip in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean.

The exercise was organized and carried out by various conservation partners including WWF Kenya, Base Titanium, Kwale County government and over 300 community volunteers.

The event is part of the global marine cleaning initiative dubbed “The International Coastal Clean- up” that takes place annually.

“The objective of this exercise is to create awareness about environmental pollution and its devastating effects to the way of living.

“Through Base Titanium’s various environmental programmes, we are able to mobilise local communities to be champions in protecting and conserving the environment” Mr. Colin Forbes who is the Environmental and Community Affairs Manager said during the clean-up exercise in Msambweni.

The initiative aims at creating awareness about marine conservation and to reduce marine pollution. Experts estimate that over 8 billion tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year.

 

 
  Coastweek-- Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa staff collects plastic trash on the beach during the Sub-International Coastal Cleanup 2017 exercise organized by the Kenya Conservation Aquatic Resources on Saturday 16th September. The clean up was held on selected beaches from Shimoni to Kiunga. The annual event aims at harnessing the power of people to fight ocean trash. According to Ocean Conservancy, plastic have been found in 62 per cent of all sea birds and in 100 per cent of sea turtles species.

The waste is broken down into small pieces, and is mistaken for food by birds, fish, turtles and whales.

This then enters the human food chain through fish, soil and water.

Its chemicals are also leached out into the water and other environments.

Environmental scientists estimate that by 2050, there will be more waste in our oceans than fish globally.

The international coastal clean-up though small is a giant step in addressing the growing problem of plastic waste.

Last year, the South Coast clean-up saw about 200 volunteers in Kwale county come together to collect over 1,600kg of plastic waste in the beach clean-up exercise.

In 2015, over 8.5 tons of plastic waste was collected on the Kenyan coast by 2,500 volunteers in 2-3 hours covering about 35kms of beach.

Globally, about 800,000 volunteers collected more than 8 million Kilos of plastic waste during the 2015 International Coastal Clean Up.

Mr. Colin Forbes added that, “We are proud to be part of this global initiative and more specifically here in Kwale. We want to leave a more sustainable Kwale community for generations to come.

“We thank our partners and all the volunteers for their support and effort.”

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