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Clean Up The World News

A massive clean-up operation this

News Today – India


About 3,000 volunteers today took part in the mass cleaning campaign organised jointly by UNEP ? South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP), South Asian Seas (SAS) and Indian Coast Guard as part of the International 'Coastal Cleanup Day' being observed for developing 'Marine Litter Activity'.
A K S Panwar, Commandant, Indian Coast Guard Region (East), said the volunteers were out on the beach this morning in the stretch of Kasimedu, Marina, Thiruvanmiyur and Besant Nagar (beach) to remove the debris. The volunteers including 700 students from 26 colleges, took part in a competition to clean up the area.
Marine litter is identified as a priority activity for both SACEP and UNEP's Regional Seas Programme. It is also the world's largest one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide collect debris. It may be noted that last year more than 450,000 people from over 90 countries around the world participated in the clean up collecting over 3,424,622.3935 kilograms.
Top few marine litter found during the clean up day cigarettes and cigarette filters, food wrappers and containers, caps/lids, bottles, tobacco packaging/wrappers, crab and lobster traps, fishing lines, nets - the fishermen usually throw away the old worn out traps and nets in the waters, plastic sheeting, ropes, trapping bands, syringes, bags and balloons. All these accounted for 60 to 80 per cent of the world's marine pollution.
The marine litter not only looks bad on the beaches but it can also be dangerous - to people and to wildlife - which includes syringes, fishhooks, broken bottles and toxic debris, such as auto or boat batteries.
It is said that once a girl was walking on a beach in Texas, US and she saw a large amount of trash littered around. Disturbed by the unpleasant site she decided to pick up the trash. Other people on the beach saw what the girl was doing and joined her and in about three hours, close to about three thousand Texans picked up 124 tons of trash from 122 miles of coastline.

Coastal Clean-up Day

Hindu - Chennai, India


Thiruvananthapuram: Volunteers from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - India and the Environmental Sciences Department, All Saints College, will clean up the Sanghumukham beach here on September 16 as part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day. The programme starts at 3 p.m. The collected litter will be sorted and weighed and the data compiled into an international format sheet. This will be followed by film shows on marine and coastal ecosystem and awareness programmes. — Special Correspondent

Coastal Clean-up Programme in Pondicherry

Hindu, India, Special Correspondent


Pondicherry: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy launched the "Coastal Clean-up Programme" on the Pondicherry beach on Saturday organised by the Indian Coast Guard in association with the Local Administration Department and the Pollution Control Committee. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislator S.P. Sivakumar and chairperson of the Pondicherry Municipality B. Sridevi also participated.
N. Somasundaram, Commandant of the Indian Coast Guard here, said the programme was launched in keeping with the United Nations Environment Programme. The local ICG station was facilitating the observance of the day. The clean-up programme was launched simultaneously in eight coastal hamlets and members of the local non-governmental organisations were also joining hands to rid the villages of the garbage and solid waste. The scheme was taken up in Kalapet, Vaithikuppam, Kuruchikuppam, Solai Nagar, Veerampattinam, Vambakeerapalayam, Nallavadu and the Moorthikuppam villages besides the stretch of the seashore on Goubert avenue
Around 500 volunteers of the National Service Scheme (NSS) and a batch of students of Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences in Pondicherry University swung into action distributing pamphlets on the needs to preserve environment. The NSS officer, V. Sundaramoorthy, along with the programme officers of the organisation attached to the Government schools said that there was enthusiastic response from the students. Director of the Local Administration Department E. Vallavan said the municipal authorities had drawn up comprehensive plan to recycle the plastic articles used and thrown away by the consumers. He said that there was a proposal to involve members of the self-help groups to produce granules using the used plastic cups, which would be utilised for surfacing the roads at important junctions. Officials of the Department of Fisheries were also present on the occasion.

Operation clean up in Pondy

Chennai Online, India - Sep 16, 2006


Pondicherry, Sept 16: A garbage clean up drive along the coastal belt was launched here today by National Service Scheme volunteers, students of Pondicherry university and municipality workers on the occasion of 'clean up the world programme, as part of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Chief Minister N Rangasamy distributed pamphlets, stressing the need to maintain cleanliness and also remove garbage for maintaining hygienic living conditions.
Facilitating the programme here is the Indian Coast Guard in cooperation with the department of local administration and Pondicherry pollution control committee.
Coast Guard commandant N Somasundaram said the programme was simultaneously been taken up in eight villages on the coastal belt.
S P Sivakumar, MLA, Chairperson of the municipality, B Sridevi, councillors, NSS officer Sundaramoorthy and staff of the Department of Fisheries were among those present. (Agencies)

Millions Will Clean Up Cities, Beaches

Iran Daily, 16 September 2006


Clean Up the World mobilizes people around taking the challenge of environment and sustainable development to front doors, backyards and everywhere else around the world.

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 15--Millions of environmental activists will be picking up trash in places from Copacabana Beach in Brazil to the banks of the Nile in Egypt this weekend in a “Clean Up the World“ protest at pollution.

According to Reuters, the campaign, founded in Australia in 1993, says its members have collected 3.6 million tons of rubbish over the years. It reckons that would be enough to fill 5,710 Olympic-sized swimming pools with glass, plastic, metal and cigarette butts.

“We will have 122 countries involved this weekend,“ said Ian Kiernan, the chairman of the campaign, who estimated that more than 600 grassroots groups reaching 35 million members would be cleaning up from China to Canada.

“It’s another form of protest,“ he told Reuters, saying the presence of volunteers sweeping up schools in Togo or fishing trash out of the Mediterranean was a way of putting pressure on governments and industry to safeguard the environment.

Some of the trash, like metal and paper, gets recycled in the campaign, run in partnership with the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

“Clean Up the World mobilizes people around a powerful idea--taking the challenge of environment and sustainable development to our front doors, our back yards and everywhere else around the world,“ said Achim Steiner, head of UNEP.

Among the schemes, children, divers and other volunteers will clean up Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, the campaign said in a statement. And activists from 14 countries around the Mediterranean plan to clean up the sea.

In China’s Shaoxing province, volunteers aim to pick up trash around the Yangtze river delta. In Egypt, groups will work to clean up the Nile.

Kiernan, a yachtsman, began with a clean-up of Sydney harbor in 1989 after being shocked by trash in the oceans. He said Sydney was now “sparkling clean“ but that worldwide “marine debris is a huge problem and getting worse.“

He accused some cruise companies of dumping waste at sea.

“They’re making money out of the beauty of the world’s oceans and messing them up. We want to get people involved to say: ’That is no longer acceptable behavior’,“ he said.

He also said that pollution and global warming, widely blamed on human burning of fossil fuels, were part of a what he called a global environmental crisis.

“The actions of humanity are the cause,“ he said. “We are the only potential solution apart from extinction.“

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