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
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
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