Volunteers from Education Conservation Outreach (ECO), a St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences student group, participated in a dive cleanup of Grand Anse beach as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) campaign. The students assisted Eco Dive, the host of this cleanup, along with friends of environmental advocacy in collecting 391kg of debris, including glass and plastic bottles, vehicle parts, clothing and fishing material. The dive, held Sunday, September 8, 2013, has been deemed Grenada’s most successful yet.
ECO president, Wayne Smart is very pleased with the success of the dive and says it is about more than just picking up trash: “Overall these activities are intended to influence a change in attitude towards the environment as we strive to promote a paradigm shift towards a greener economy.”
ECO has participated in International Coastal Cleanups since 2001 and during last year’s ICC, its volunteers were among more than 500,000 worldwide who picked up 10 million pounds of trash. The group advises persons to dispose of garbage correctly as most litter ultimately ends up in the ocean and every year 100,000 marine mammals and one million sea birds die from ingestion of trash.
Click here to view Eco’s Facebook album for this event.
As assisting coordinators of ICC for Grenada, ECO encourages organizations and individuals to volunteer for or plan a cleanup dive in their community. ECO can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide support. Several other litter awareness activities are scheduled for later in the year.