Some 1,200 volunteers are expected to participate in the National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) beach clean-up exercise at Hellshire Bay Beach in St. Catherine as part of activities for International Coastal Clean-Up Day (ICCD) on September 15.
The initiative, which is in partnership with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), is one of hundreds of projects registered islandwide for the day.
The overall activities are being coordinated by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), with support from several organisations and entities.
International Coastal Clean-Up Day is a global event initiated by Ocean Conservancy (OC) in 1986. Its aim is to engage citizens to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways all around the world, identify the sources of debris, and change the behavioural patterns that contribute to pollution.
Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (September 11), Manager of the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Planning Department at the UDC, Dr. Sean Townsend, explained that the annual clean-up exercise is a major public education thrust by both entities to engage citizens, students, corporate Jamaica and other groups about the growing problem of garbage and waste disposal in Jamaica.
“It is an opportunity to teach Jamaicans about a healthy coastline and proper waste management. Last year, we had in excess of 1,200 participants and this year, we are targeting the same amount,” Dr. Townsend informed.
He added that some 37 groups amounting to more than 1,000 persons have been registered to participate at the Hellshire Bay clean-up site.
Last year’s islandwide clean-up saw the removal of over 160,000 pounds of solid waste from 103.59 miles of coastline.
Persons wishing to participate in International Coastal Clean-Up Day can visit JET’s website at www.jamentrust.org to access information on the entire list of activities, their locations and the organisers of the events.
By: Kadian Brown