New wave sweeps country’s beaches as Coastal Clean-up Day is marked

New wave sweeps country’s beaches as Coastal Clean-up Day is marked

New wave sweeps country’s beaches as Coastal Clean-up Day is marked

Written by Staff Writer

19 Sep, 2015 | 8:12 pm

A programme was initiated on Saturday in line with International Coastal Clean-up Day. The programme commenced under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The national ceremony to commence the clean-up programme was held at the Galle Face Green on Saturday morning. The programme is organised by the Marine Environment Protection Authority.

President Sirisena also took part in the initiative to clean up the coast of Sri Lanka in line with International Coastal Clean-up Day which falls on the third Saturday of September every year. Twenty four percent of Sri Lanka’s total land area is considered coastal habitat.

Around 4.6 million people of Sri Lanka’s population live along the country’s coastal belt which amounts to 1700 square kilometres

Due to man’s own negligence, the country’s coastal belt is at the risk of being destroyed.

Experts say, that it takes a staggering 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose while it takes a million years for a glass bottle to degrade.

The national programme which is being held under the theme ‘A Super Beach for Sri Lanka’ will create awareness among the general public on protecting Sri Lanka’s beaches.

In line with the main programme today, the coastal belt of the western province including the Mattakkuliya, Crow Island, Mount Lavinia, Panadura and Kalutara coastal belts were cleaned up.

The objective of the programme is to prevent ocean pollution whilst raising awareness among the local population on preventing ocean pollution in the future.

 

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