Friday, 9 September 2016

We are a proud partner in the International Coastal Cleanup 2016

On Saturday September 17th, 2016 the Ministry of Planning and Development will be leading a team of 180 volunteers to the island of Chacachacare as we partner with groups all across Trinidad and Tobago and the world in the international effort to cleanup our oceans and waterways.
Marine litter while unsightly has the potential to cause serious injury or death to marine life. Both the ocean's flora and fauna are at serious risk due to entanglement, ingestion, smothering of the seabed as well as the accumulation of toxic substances into the water. Likewise, marine litter poses a danger to humans, land creatures, property and machinery, through a number of means including but not limited to; contaminated foods, beaches, harbours, damage to fishing boats, gears, oil spill cleanup equipment, oil spill volunteers and rescue workers.
A list of cleanup sites and contact information
While September 17th is dedicated to the international coastal cleanup each year, we as citizens of Trinidad and Tobago must make every effort to end littering whether it be on land or at sea. Litter disposed on land easily makes its way into drains, streams, rivers and eventually the sea and endanger all living things on this planet.
The Ministry of Planning and Development advocates that Environmental Pride is National Pride and we ask each and every citizen to share this message. Please join us and the other organizations on Saturday September 17th in our national effort to cleanup T&T's coasts and waterways by contacting site captains in the image below or by cleaning up litter within your neighbourhoods, recreation centres, church, school etc. However you decide to join us in this effort please share your photos with us via our Facebook page  or Instagram page with the hashtag #EnvironmentalPrideisNationalPride 

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