How COVID corrupted our coasts…

The outbreak of the COVID pandemic had caused widespread scare amongst all nations and made the world come to a standstill. With everyone under lockdown, there was a downfall in COVID cases, and a brief period of time when Mother Nature could finally breathe in peace again. Everyone rejoiced this moment as they could finally see Mother Nature thrive in her true form again! Distant mountains could now be seen from people’s balconies, birds started to return rivers, and a lot more! But, this too seemed to be short-lived as the restrictions were slowly getting lifted once again.

The people started to go out once again, roaming the streets, visiting parks and of course, our beaches! And that’s where a new problem began… Rise of a new variant of waste, bio-medical waste. Our beach soon started to see large numbers visit them, and dumping their sanitizers, facials masks at the beach!

The beach clean up at the Neelankarai Beach on March 27th, 2021 aimed to tackle this issue. Over 30 dedicated volunteers from across the city joined us to clean and protect our dying coast. Take a look at all that happened during the clean up!

The volunteers in a matter of just 2 hours were able to collect close to 400 kg of non-biodegradable waste and bio-medical waste from the beach!

We thank all those who joined us for the voluntary beach cleanup! We thank the HCL Foundation and the Greater Chennai Corporation for their support!

Volunteer for India and her Environment with E.F.I, Jai Hind

Published by LakesOfIndia

Lakes of India is an E.F.I initiative aimed at sensitizing the larger public on freshwater habitats across the country. A blog platform where one can read about lakes across India. You can become a guest blogger to write about a lake in your hometown and initiate an action to protect that lake.

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