US Consul General leads 200 volunteers in Chennai coastal clean-up

Chennai: Around 200 volunteers participated in a beach clean-up at Ashtalakshmi Beach, Besant Nagar, organised by the US Consulate General Chennai in partnership with the Indian Maritime Foundation and the Environmental Foundation of India.

The event marked the 2018 International Coastal Clean-up Day and amplified the need to safeguard the ocean from plastic contamination.

A press release said US Consul General Robert Burgess, Mylapore MLA R Nataraj, Indian Maritime Foundation vice president Captain S Krishnamurthi and University of Georgia, associate professor Jenna Jambeck addressed volunteers including US consulate staff and families, merchant mariners, students, and members of civil society.

US Consul General Robert Burgess, Mylapore M LA R Nataraj, University of Georgia, associate professor, Jenna Jambeck, Indian Maritime Foundation, vice-president Capt S Krishnamurthi flagged off the beach clean-up Sunday.

Robert Burgess picked up trash alongside others and applauded the partner organisations and volunteers for their commitment to cleaning the beach. He said, "It takes a community effort to protect our environment, which includes putting in place waste management practices that reduce the flow of plastic and solid waste into our ocean."

Jenna Jambeck, said, "We hope from these clean-ups we can collect data on items found that can inform upstream interventions for litter source reduction. This data informs policy-makers, like those in Tamilnadu, to ban single-use plastic items that are so commonly washed to sea."





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