World Oceans Day Cleanup at Blue Lagoon Beach

TODAY, Wednesday June 8, is World Oceans Day, and to mark this special day, Green Corridors is partnering with The Zero Waste Foundation, Pick ‘n Pay, WildTrust and Youth 4 Maps for a cleanup of beach.

The cleaning will take place on Saturday June 11 from 08:00 to 10:00 at Blue Lagoon Beach.

Green Corridors is a Durban-based non-profit that looks after the city’s green spaces, employing a team of ecotourism and nature guides, clean-up coordinators, agro-ecologists and recycling experts. They call on citizens to be aware that the ocean is one of the city’s (and the world’s) most important resources – and to have a collective responsibility to protect it for the future of the planet and future generations.

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“The day aims to propel action throughout the year – to protect our blue planet,” explained Musa Shange, manager of coastal and waste management projects at Green Corridors.

“We work on the front lines of humans and the natural world, and it is devastating to see the impact we – humans – have on the oceans. We therefore invite the citizens of Durban to join us in making a difference and to have a real understanding of what is happening to our oceans,” he said.

Siphiwe Rakgabale of Tri-Eco Tours and Litterboom Coordinator of Green Corridors, said the devastation of beaches and the ocean from the deluge of trash coming down the waterways is a sure sign that people are not aware of the impact they have on the oceans.

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“More needs to be done to educate people and industries about waste, how it can be reduced or repurposed as a valuable asset,” he said.

In 2022, according to the official website, World Oceans Day raises awareness and supports the global movement to protect at least 30% of the world’s land, water and oceans by 2030.

“If we can work with the citizens, businesses, organizations and communities of Durban, from all walks of life, to improve our disposal of solid and liquid waste more appropriately, increase our recycling of waste and , ultimately to decrease our generation of waste, this will be an important contribution to the health of the blue planet and our beautiful city,” Rakgabale added.

Anyone interested in supporting the Green Corridor Cleanup can meet at the Blue Lagoon on Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 a.m. Don’t forget to take gloves, water and sunscreen.

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