The effects of marine pollution on coastal environments can be seen on almost every beach throughout the world and Nigeria is no different. For this cleanup in Nigeria this past weekend, we focused our efforts at the Ikate Roundabout, Elegushi, Lekki. Thanks to Kids Beach Garden, this cleanup was able to be as successful as it was.
With a total of 70 volunteers that consisted of parents, children, and members from the local community, 1,569 pounds of trash and recyclables were able to be removed from the coastline before they had a chance to reach the ocean. With 80% of the trash in the ocean coming from land-based sources, it is important to remove what we can before it has a chance to pose a threat to marine life in the water.
Among the volunteers was Mildred Ehiguese, Miss Adamawa, best known as the most recently crowned Miss Nigeria USA. Miss Nigeria is not only picked based on the most beautiful girl in Nigeria but the aim is to empower women beyond beauty. Mildred is a great example to her community on the importance of keeping our beaches and oceans clean.
The Kids Beach Garden is the 1st sustainable beach in Nigeria where children learn about coastal life. This is to bridge the gap of no coastline and shoreline education particularly where there are a lot of oceans and waterfronts in Lagos. Kids Beach Garden mission is to instill in every child, the trait of global cleanliness, global safety and patriotism and to reach every home, school, and religious institution through the children. Just like the team at 4Ocean, we know that the children are the next scientists and marine conservationists of the future and that it is vital to teach them the importance of ocean conservation early on so that they may carry it out in their everyday lives.
The next time you're at the beach whether it is a local beach you frequently visit or a beach you visit when you are on vacation, we challenge you to make a difference. Picking up even just a handful of trash means that the trash you collected will never make its way to the ocean. Together, we can all make a difference for the future of our oceans.
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Our latest shoreline cleanup at Matheson Hammock proved just how much trash can become trapped in mangroves habitats. With hundreds of participants at the cleanup, it is no wonder we collected over 5,000 pounds of trash and recyclables!