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Cape Town youth assist in international coastal clean-up

by City of Cape Town
on 12 Sep 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

From 15 to 20 September learners from various schools in Cape Town will clean-up rivers, canals and beaches as part of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) programme.

The theme of ICC this year is Sea change starts with you. It's time to start a sea change by taking back our beaches, it's time you joined the cause.

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, the Save our Seas Foundation, the Plastics Federation and Toyota, will be running the following programmes:

Schools will clear litter from the Elsieskraal River in Langa, Vygieskraal River in Athlone and the Kuils River in the Delft area looking at river health and the effects of inland littering on our rivers, beaches and oceans.

They will also clean litter from the beach at Simon's Town and divers will clean up the sea around the False Bay Yacht Club in Simon's Town on Saturday 20 September. “The International Coastal Clean-up Day and Fantastic Plastics 2008 Prize Giving” also take place on Saturday 20 September at the Yacht Club from 9am to 1pm.

Trash in the ocean doesn't fall from the sky it falls from people's hands. Since 1986, millions of people throughout the world have joined in Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean-up, the world's largest volunteer effort to clean-up our marine environment.

Every September, from Bangor to Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 75 countries remove millions of kilograms of litter from waterways and beaches all over the world during the International Coastal Clean-Up.

During the ICC, trash is not all that is collected, information is collected s well. Volunteers keep track of everything they find, using cutting-edge technology to analyse the data and share the findings with the world. The ICC annual reports on ocean litter have played a direct role in shaping national legislation to reduce the problem and in helping cities and towns across the country to create recycling and other programmes to defeat debris.


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