Team clean beach to beat plastic pollution


More than 100 people turned up at Sipaia Beach near Lae to carry out a beach clean-up to mark World Environment Day.
Youth from Lae’s 1-mile Church of Christ (COC), Wagang (Sipaia) villagers and Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV) staff spent the afternoon picking up plastics and other rubbish washed ashore from the Busu River towards Sipaia.
WGJV biodiversity and conservation adviser Ruby Yamuna thanked everyone for helping. She said as stewards of the environment, everyone is responsible for taking care of their surroundings.
“When we go back home, how do we make our environment clean? What can we do to control our rubbish? It’s important to educate others to stop littering because everything thrown on the ground eventually ends
up in the ocean,” Yamuna said.
COC youth Pastor Wesley Wose thanked WGJV’s initiative and said it was good to clean the beach which people use for picnics, camping and other activities.
WGJV head of external relations David Wissink said that every year tonnes of plastic and other rubbish from Lae city end up in Huon Gulf waters, most
of which are washed back to shore.

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