Popular Tourist Destination Gets Cleaned Up
A clean up drive was held at the Dameisha Beach a popular tourist destination for both residents and tourists alike that collected around 2,500 kilos of garbage. The clean up drive was organized by American Michael Standaert which attract 97 people who came and help up the cleaning up. The event also marked the International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The clean up drive mainly concentrated in the far eastern side of the beach as the recent typhoon carried a lot of trash onto the fence line and to trees. Residents were alarmed on the amount of trash that were scattered in Dameisha as the needed shovels to get the trash out. Trash ranged from discarded fish nets to plastic bottles in which residents pulled out between the reefs and in areas that are not reached by cleaners.
The event was done to create awareness among residents to properly dispose of their garbage to help keep the beaches and coastlines clean. Trash and other garbage can do damage to animal and plant life living in the ocean, to the ecosystem and coral reef. Small polystyrene pieces can choke small birds, fish and other animals and plastic bags and strings can get wrapped around the necks of birds or fish which hinder their abilities to fly and swim.