The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a popular, fun and highly visible event Worldwide. Held on the third Saturday of September each year and spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, the ICC is the most recognized cleanup event in the world.
The purpose of the cleanup is to engage people around the world to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways, to identify the sources of the litter, and to change the behaviours that cause pollution.
The Sustainable Grenadines Inc (SusGren) is organizing local cleanups in the Grenadines as part of Ocean Conservancy’s 31st International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. Last year, more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers worldwide.
This year’s International Coastal Cleanup is being sponsored by the Phillip Stephenson Foundation. Activities will include presentation in the three schools on Union Island Thursday 15th September 2016, this is being done to educate our youths on Marine Debris and to help them understand the impacts of marine debris on our ecosystem and their community.
Last year SusGren recorded 1,173 pounds of trash from the Grenadine islands with 159 volunteers.
Cleanups on Bequia, Mayreau, Union Island, Petite Martinique and Carriacou will be done on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th starting from 6am. You can be a part of this exciting exercise by contacting the following persons:
UNION ISLAND – Sustainable Grenadines Inc – Mrs. Katina Collins-Coy & Ms. Kristy Shortte
BEQUIA – Paget Farm Sports, Culture & Environmental Organization – Mr. Raison Compton
MAYREAU – Mayreau Explorers Multipurpose Cooperative Limited – Mr. Philman Ollivierre
Petite Martinique – Fisherman Cooperative – Mr. Dexter Miller
Carriacou – L’Esterre South Striders Club – Mrs. Chadlyn Alexis
Tens of thousands of individuals across the globe come together each September to participate and through its international visibility, the ICC has raised public awareness about inappropriate waste management practices and convinced many organizations and communities to become better stewards of our environment.
Susgren also has a great photo competition that you can take part in, here’s the details: