Erin Coyle, an English teacher operating in Sur, who conducts such drives frequently, mentioned, “A group of us get together every week to clean-up the beach here. This time, we planned our campaign on World Cleanup Day.”
She added, “The cleanup started with about ten people at 7.30am and by the time it concluded at 10am over 20 people of all age group had joined in – Omanis and expatriates. These included representatives from Oman LNG Company, Qalhat, Oman Cancer Association, South Sharqiyah branch.”
Oman LNG offered gloves and garbage bags for the cleanup, as nicely as juice and water to these who participated in the campaign. “Oman LNG always supports any programme that promotes a clean and beautiful Oman,” mentioned Salah al Oraimi, an employee at Oman LNG, who participated in the drive along with his son.
Erin explained how the campaign also got in individuals who have been not related with them. “An Omani gentleman, who had come with his children to enjoy a morning on the beach, also joined in.” She added that plastic bags and bottles comprise most of the litter at the stunning beaches of Sur.
“Environmentalists warn that plastics are dangerous to marine life, including sea turtles that are frequently seen in this part of Oman.”
Tung Chi, a participant in the cleanup mentioned, “We need to find a way to raise more local awareness about the issue of litter on the beaches.”
Nasima H Khan
Information Source: Muscat Daily