550kg of trash collected in beach cleanup

|     Cely Jelita     |

“PLANS to protect air, water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” – Stewart Udall.

On July 8, St George’s School worked hand in hand with the Indian Association in an attempt to clean Tungku Beach. With 57 volunteers from both St George’s School and the Indian Association, rubbish weighing more than 550kg were successfully collected by hand and disposed. Thity-six students from the upper secondary excitedly participated in this cleaning campaign in hope that their small but genuine action will help mother nature even as the attempt was just a small drop in the ocean.

This year, the volunteers have a direct and urgent message to convey; “We need to keep plastics and rubbish off our beaches so that it doesn’t pollute our seas. If we don’t stop pollution now, we would be killing our nature and then will come the extinction of mankind.” This should not just be a project but a practice to clean every time we visit the beach. As slowly but surely, pollution is turning our little blue planet prematurely grey. The volunteers picked plastic bags, plastic bottles, wrappers, cans and even rubber tyres from the beach shore. It’s surprising to see how people have thrown rubbish all around the place, obviously after their fun picnics that they had. It was a three-hour tiring attempt but only partially the work was completed. There’s still a lot more to do.

It is important for us to be part of the solution and not the pollution. Little steps need to be taken in order to recycle these waste and every citizen should make an effort to reduce litter and plastic consumption. Over the years, plastics have always accounted for the largest percentage of cleaned up rubbish. What would the world be like if all the magnificent sea animals perish and water covered the land. Prevention is always better than cure.

Beach cleanup participants in a group photo