Annual coastal cleanup

The Barbados chapter of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network will be coordinating the International Coastal Cleanup 2013. This is one of CYEN’s annual flagship activities and the Girl Guides Association of Barbados has been invited to participate in the event.

ICC is one of the world’s largest volunteer efforts and it brings attention to the status of solid waste pollution in the ocean. The event attracts over 500,000 participants worldwide and during this process, volunteers clean coastlines of trash which endangers wildlife, pose threats to human health and negatively impacts coastal economies. The data collected is then used to create public awareness programmes that aim to educate citizens about the importance of marine ecosystems and the impact that human activity can have on them.

CYEN has worked collaboratively with the National Conservation Commission and the Environmental Protection Department in implementing the ICC for the past 15 years. In 2012, more than 300 volunteers (predominantly young citizens) collected over 680kg (1,500 lbs) of debris from four beaches across Barbados. As a youth led initiative, CYEN hopes to involve once again, youth from the secondary schools, youth organisations, businesses, government departments and other service clubs.

This year ICC will take place on Saturday, September 21 and will run from 6 a.m. until noon. Given last year’s positive response, we will be expanding the ICC. Organisations are invited to select a beach of their choice to participate in the clean up.

For more information on Clean Up 2013 contact Waynelle Collymore-Taylor or Melanie Marshall at (246) 437-6055.

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