The Philippines World Oceans Day Cleanup

by 4Ocean Team June 14, 2017

The Philippines World Oceans Day Cleanup

4Ocean was able to partner with the incredible team at Coral Cay Conservation for a World Ocean’s Day Cleanup in the Philippines.

More than 250 dedicated and passionate volunteers showed up to help clean Liloan’s beaches. Of these 250 or so individuals, there were representatives from a local high school, the Local Government Unit (LGU), the police, the fire brigade, the coastguard, and the Mayor’s office.

Nets were made out of recycled mosquito nets to clean the area along the sea wall where hundreds of pounds of plastic waste was removed by volunteers. School pupils chose to clean the area behind their high school which leads out onto the water. As these volunteers worked, a significant number of local residents decided to join in with the effort of their own accord, expanding our efforts even further, to totally nearly 300 volunteers by the end of the cleanup.

After about 2 hours of cleaning, the team was able to successfully remove 1,887 pounds of ocean trash and marine debris! When the cleanup was over and prizes for those who collected the most trash had been handed out, all volunteers signed a World Ocean’s Day pledge. The pledge was:

"I pledge to use less and waste less

be plastic free for the sea

because the ocean’s health

depends on me!”

Thank you to all those that made these efforts possible, and for taking the pledge to continue to help our oceans!

Here are more photos from the cleanup:

 

A before and after shot of one of the locations in Liloan that was cleaned by the team!




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