Having been contacted by the US Embassy’s Green Team to help spearhead an International Coastal Cleanup Day initiative - we were quick to take up the challenge!
Marine trash is increasingly becoming one of the greatest threats to our planet. Oceanographers report that a staggering 40 percent of our ocean surface is covered in slow rotating pools of tiny plastic particles and other debris. This is having a devastating effect on our oceans and marine life.
Sadly, our beaches in Dar too, have a sorry story to tell. Because of poor access to waste collection services, most the City’s waste re-emerges in the form of pollution in illegal dumpsites, rivers and drains, which flow directly into the ocean. Understandably, this has very disturbing implications for public health, our environment, tourism as well as our individual and collective dignity.
Over 350 volunteers rallied together last Saturday on Kawe Beach to participate in an event in support of International Coastal Cleanup Day. The event, which was sponsored and supported by the US Embassy’s Green Team, is part of a global initiative, which seeks to collect and record data about the nature and scope of marine pollution.
Despite being somewhat overwhelmed by the incredible turnout we were able to gather and record some rather shocking statistics which will form part of the East African contribution towards Ocean Conservancy’s global initiative.
The following data was extracted from the rubbish we collected along a 1km stretch, on Kawe Beach:
153 full bags of trash were collected with a total weight of about 1600 kgs
Nipe Fagio would like to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers particularly the Mlalakua River community for their overwhelming support of this event.
We would also like to say a very big thank you to the US Embassy Green Team, Roots & Shoots, The Recycler, Sea Sense, Nabaki Afrika, DJPA, Knight Support, Coca-Cola, Azura and Richard Magumba for your valuable contributions to ICC week in Dar. Asanteni Sana
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