In a joint effort by environmental groups, citizens and local authorities, cleaning and beautification activities were carried out last Saturday at Punta Colorada Beach in Puerto Escondido.
Cigarette butts, beer containers and all kinds of inorganic waste were removed not only from the beach, located west of Bacocho Beach, but on the access road and nearby cliff and viewpoint areas.
Organizers reported that just over 400 kilos of trash were collected during the event.
The cleanup was part of the Trees and Seas Festival, a global event involving 32 countries around the world. In Puerto Escondido, the organizing groups stated that their purpose was to raise awareness among visitors to the beach, which they as described as mostly still virgin, who leave their waste behind.
Once the hard work was done, the more than 40 participants had the chance to enjoy a clean beach and several activities including a farmers’ market, yoga classes, live music and other recreational activities, including the release of turtle hatchlings into the ocean.
The cleanup event was the result of collaboration among a group of non-governmental organizations that included Plastic Oceans México, Salvemos Colorada, Vivemar.com, Fondo Oaxaca, Gillette México, SUEMA and Playas Limpias.
The mission of the Trees and Seas initiative is to build a bridge between ocean and forest conservation, emphasizing that the world is “one global community united in our effort to foster a healthier and more just planet for all.”
This year Trees and Seas, and their collaborators in over 100 locations worldwide, have the goal of planting more than 250,000 trees, clean over 5 million square meters of land and sea, and impact and educate 30,000 people.
With reports from Estado Actual