International coastal clean up day celebrated

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014,16:53 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The international coastal cleanup day was celebrated by the coast guard district headquarters no.4, Fort Kochi along the Fort Kkochi beach here today and around 300 volunteers from indian coast guard along with families participated in clean up drive.
The chief guest deputy inspector general T K S ChandranTM, District Commander for Coast Guard atKerala and Mahe addressed the gathering and thanked the gathering for their concern and effort in the clean up drive.
About two truck loads of trash and debris were collected during the drive and the same was transferred to dumping ground by the municipal corporation, a release said here today.
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) was the world’s largest one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment, it said adding that September from Baltimore to Bangladesh volunteers from over 152 countries descend on local beaches, rivers, lakes and canals to show their commitment to cleaner waterways. The ocean conservancy¬†¬† has lead and sponsored this world’s most astounding grassroots cleanup effort every year for the past 25 years.
In 1986 the American centre for marine conservation held the first beach cleanup on the texas coast with the aid of 2800 volunteers.
Since then the ICC had included inland lakes, rivers, streams and underwater sites in the cleanup and approximately half a million people in more than 152 countries have participated in the cleanup.