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Fri 02 Jul 2004

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore - new team looks for help

Category : marine

The team coordinating the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is almost entirely "The Next Generation" and are looking for more motivated and passionate individuals to lend them a hand.

The International Coastal Cleanup is annual international event coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy, in which volunteers from almost 100 countries remove and collect data on marine trash which not only creates an eyesore on shorelines, waterways and beaches but also hurts marine life and the environment. The data is used to educate and to encourage positive change in ourselves, other individuals, organisations and governments.

In Singapore, the ICCS is in its 13th year, and annually involves some 2,000 volunteers who collect, categorise and dispose of several tonnes of marine debris from beaches and mangroves around Singapore. Between 2001-3, some 10 tonnes of trash have been removed from just Kranji mangroves alone!

And plastic is the main component.

On World Environment Day on 5th June this year, United Nations Environment Programme's Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said "Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year. Plastic remains in the ecosystem to kill again and again."

Every year, this exercise is coordinated by a small team of energetic individuals, and we are looking to recruit others who will enjoy coordinating the cleanup, working with students and contributing to the protection of marine life in Singapore.

We need Zone Captains, Assistants/understudies to the Data and Web Managers, Manpower and Admin Officers, Site Buddies and Mangrove coordinators. Please see details at this webpage.

See also "Battling the curse of marine litter".

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