PROJECT Seas PH, a student-led environmental conservation organization, successfully organized its first coastal clean-up event at Marbeach in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City on Sunday Feb. 26, 2023.
The founders of the organization, Jared King, Kiana King, Vivian Sebastian and Noah Uy, who are all Grade 10 students of Singapore School Cebu, led the event with the aim of creating a culture of protecting the environment among local communities in the Philippines.
The event was participated in by 25 volunteers, including classmates, family members and 11 out-of-school youths from Marigondon.
The volunteers collected 28 bags of trash that weighed over 75 kilos. Project Seas PH teamed up with Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington D.C. in the United States, by sending them the data collected to add to their global progress count of pounds of trash removed from the ocean.
According to the group, the event was successful not only in terms of the amount of trash collected, but also in terms of its impact on the people who witnessed it. Many people watched as the youth volunteers cleaned the beach, setting a good example and serving as role models for responsible citizens.
The event also brought joy to the volunteers as children came up to them and gave them their trash and the out-of-school youths were eager to clean the beach with them. The group said that its mission and vision to transform local communities and have a long-term impact were truly evident in the positive reactions of the people in Marigondon.
Aside from the littering problem, Project Seas PH also discovered that the lack of proper trash disposal was a major issue. To address this problem, the organization donated biodegradable and non-biodegradable trash bins for Marbeach, as well as signage that will remind the community to keep the beach clean.
Project Seas PH hopes that its first coastal clean-up event will inspire other communities in the Philippines to take action in protecting their local environments.
The group believes that creating a culture of protecting the environment is crucial in preserving the seas and beaches of the Philippines for many years to come.
For more information about Project Seas PH and its first coastal clean-up event, one can visit its website at projectseasph.com or its YouTube channel at youtube.com/projectseasph.
CLEANING BEACH. Volunteers for the Project Seas PH’s coastal clean-up pick plastic waste at Marbeach in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. / PROJECT SEAS PH
March 12, 2023
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