Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all seabirds and in 100% of sea turtle species! A problem as big as plastic trash in the sea requires a big response.
Oakridge International School in association with International Ocean Conservancy, USA, and Indian Maritime Foundation, Chennai organized the 2nd International Coastal Clean-up on 16th Sep. More than 230 students, teachers, and parents assembled early morning at 6 a.m, in the RK Beach, Visakhapatnam, with gloves, masks and medicated trash bags, to contribute their bit in cleaning the beach.
The occasion was graced by Shri. M. Hari Narayanan, IAS, Commissioner of GVMC. He mentioned that it is a coincidence that this Coastal Clean-up coincides with the 3rd Anniversary of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He added, “I am glad to see so many young kids keen to contribute in making Vizag a better place”.
Oakridgers are committed to creating awareness on limiting human-caused damage to the marine ecosystem, restoring the damaged marine ecosystem and preserving vulnerable species of the marine life. The Beach Clean-up helped to create awareness in public to avoid human pollution with plastics and unwanted items, which is badly affecting our beautiful beaches, creating problems like coastal erosion, conservation of Olive Ridley sea turtles, extinction of microflora & fauna and breaking of surface waves at the R.K.Beach.