OUR ‘COMMON WEALTH” IS OUR OCEANS – Big Beach Clean Up with the “human polar bear”
Green Anglicans from St Peters and St Michaels Church in Khayelitsha and St Josephs in Macassar joined over one hundred volunteers in a “Big Clean up” on Monwabisi beach in Khayelitsha.
The guest speaker was Lewis Pugh, UN ambassador of the Ocean. He is known as the “human polar bear” for swimming the North Pole.
He challenged the young people to get as much plastic as possible off the beaches. For it goes into the ocean and is ending up in the food chain.
The event was supported by some wonderful groups. Among them were:
Let’s do it Africa, who are committed to organizing clean up campaigns, inspiring people and keeping it fun! Oceano Reddentes, two young women who have the passion to produce thousands of eco-bricks (2 liter bottles filled with plastic) for building of houses, Sanccob, and Waves for change who teach surfing to disadvantaged young people. Miss Earth South Africa was also present.
“Beach Clean Up was a fantastic experience i was so happy to be part of a great project to make our planet and world safe for humans and animals. I would do it time and time again because i know that it will be of benefit to me and the animals and as a lover of nature I am so happy to know that there are organisations and people that are doing their utmost best to make sure that our planet is safe for every specie living on it. Proud to be calling myself a “Waste Fighter” (Lakhe Dwenga, St Peters, Khayelitsha)”
The lunch was provided by the “Commonwealth Big Lunch” in honor of the Comonwealth heads of states meeting in London
Lewis Pugh is currently addressing the Commonwealth Forum and says
Honoured to address business leaders from across the Commonwealth. My message:
“Most Commonwealth nations are maritime nations. Our common wealth is our oceans. Our oceans are in a dreadful state from overfishing and pollution. We must urgently invest in their protection.”