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International coastal cleanup at the prestigious Elliot’s beach

The annual International Coastal Cleanup Day was organised at Elliot’s Beach, Chennai, by the Indian Coast Guard for three hours on the morning of September 16 . During the event about 2000 volunteers from various units of Coast Guard other government agencies, students from various schools, colleges, National Cadet Corps, NSS and NGOs participated.

The event was flagged off by Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region(East)  in presence of Dr. D Mohan, Senior Scientist ‘F’ and Chairman of NGO ‘Tree Foundation’ Mrs. Supraja Dharni.

The Inspector General emphasized on keeping our coastal areas, specially the beaches, in a clean and hygienic condition. He also extorted the gathering to exercise self-restraint in the usage of plastic and non-biodegradable items and its scientific disposal.

 During the cleanup drive 02 tons of non-biodegradable waste were collected and handed over to the municipal authorities for proper disposal.

The Oceans have been treated as a convenient dumping ground for the manmade waste generated all–round the globe and the marine debris collected from the oceans indicate that majority have emanated from the land sources which are non-biodegradable.

The debris has caused catastrophic effect on the marine flora and fauna as the marine animals get entangled with the floating plastic bags and other debris.

In order to prevent dumping of waste into the ocean and to sensitive the coastal population regarding the conservation of the oceans, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) was started as a part of UN Environmental Programme Initiative in 1986 to engage volunteers to clean the oceans and to create awareness amongst the local population.

Accordingly, the International Coastal Cleanup Day is celebrated worldwide during the third week of September every year to generate awareness for the conservation and protection of marine environment.

The beach areas frequented by the public for recreational purpose are being littered by various types of non-degradable waste like wrappings, disposable plastic bags/pouches etc. without realizing that this is affecting the health of the coastal seas and the associated marine life forms.

Each year as a token of realization that earth, its sea areas and coastal surroundings are ours and it is our responsibility to preserve them for our use and for posterity, we organize coastal clean-up day.

The Indian Coast Guard, an Armed Force of the union, is responsible for safe guarding the national interest in the maritime zones of India and their natural wealth. Accordingly, the service has been undertaking various programmes for kindling the interest of public in general and fisher folk in particular by undertaking awareness programmes on environment conservation issues.


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