Our beaches are the bridge between our world and the ocean. It is necessary to keep our beaches clean if we hope to keep our oceans clean. Beaches are home to various creatures from sea lions to sea turtles. Many animals depend on land to survive. Trash and plastic pollution affect 100 million marine mammals each year. Animals do not know that a plastic bag or shiny candy wrapper is not meant to be eaten. It can easily be mistaken as a fish or piece of kelp. If ingested our trash can cause harm. Animals have been reported having straws stuck in their nose, or their head stuck in plastic bottle rings. Whales and other sea mammals are found dead on the beach after eating plastic. There are ways to prevent this from happening to our ocean animals. By keeping the environment trash free we help protect and preserve marine life.
NGO Under The Wave organizes several beach clean-ups in collaboration with hotels and local schools throughout the year. Coastal clean-up events help to prevent detritus from entering the ocean but the main goal is to educate the community on debris flowing into the ocean..
Beach clean-up is only a small part of the solution. It is a fun event mainly to show the problem to the community rather than a real long-term answer to all the plastic waste lost at land and sea. Marine pollution is a serious issue and it must be addressed by going to its source. We will compile data on all the debris collected which will help us determine the cause of the pollution. Thereafter, we will initiate discussions with the government and local communities on better waste management solutions.
These beach clean ups will be organized through the year in different part of the beach in Zanzibar.