Tuesday, October 2, 2018

International Coastal Cleanup Day

Image credit: NPR

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the rubbish littering their coastline. 

It’s about harnessing people power to fight ocean trash – by ending the flow of junk at the source. 

In Malaysia, ICC Day involved 4,018 people at 84 locations from Port Dickson to Pulau Redang in Peninsular Malaysia, and from Lundu, Sarawak to Sipadan, Sabah – and saw a massive 7,500kg of debris picked up. 

Plastic bottles, cigarette butts and plastic bags – these are the three most common items found during the mass clean-up of Malaysia’s beaches.

Clean-up in Desaru, Johor. Photo credit: Coca-Cola

Images credit: Webpage https://www.thebodyshop.com.my/beach-cleanup-2018/

Altogether 30,248 plastic bottles, 20,299 cigarette butts (which contain plastic filters) and 12,055 plastic grocery bags were picked up during the said event on September 22, 2018, organized in conjunction with the world’s biggest annual volunteer effort to protect our oceans. 

As well as nearly 9,000 plastic bottle caps, 8,182 straws or stirrers, 4,418 plastic takeaway containers, 3,728 foam takeaway containers and 3,401 plastic plates/cups. 

In addition, a total of 24,990 tiny plastic pieces measuring less than 2.5cm were collected. 

Other items included diapers, fishing gear, balloons, toys and electrical appliances. 

Reef Check Malaysia, together with Coca-Cola and Body Shop Malaysia and other partners organized the clean-up and unsurprisingly discovered that plastics were the most common item found on the beaches. 

It is not just about cleaning up our seashore – but also about creating awareness that we are the ones causing this pollution clogging up our oceans and killing our marine wildlife. 

We are the cause and therefore, we all need to take responsibility. It’s as simple as that.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Port Dickson by-election is a jester! I didn't think Anwar Ibrahim can be this funny.

Sigh, I can't believe I'm hearing this crap. Also, I don't know anybody who will believe this crap.

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