US embassy, NCDC in beach clean-up

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The National, Thursday 18th April 2013

 FOR the seventh year in a row, the US Embassy and the National Capital District Commission will be organising a clean-up event along Ela Beach to celebrate Earth Day on April 26. 

Last year, hundreds of volunteers joined the effort to highlight the importance of maintaining a clean environment. 

Anyone and everyone with an interest in protecting the environment or who is out to support a good cause are invited to participate. 

Trash bags and gloves will be distributed on site. 

Participants are reminded to bring sunscreen, hats, umbrellas and water as the event will go ahead regardless of whether there is rain or shine. 

After the clean-up activities, the official portion of the event will take place at the Ela Beach amphitheater. 

US deputy chief of mission Bryan Hunt will provide brief remarks outlining recent efforts by the embassy to safeguard fragile coastlines and enable PNG to reduce and mitigate the effects of climate change. 

One of NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s key goals is protecting the environment.  

He has repeatedly stressed the need to work hard to change the face of Port Moresby to make it a place “where we all want to live.” 

The NCDC has been instrumental in promoting and supporting Earth Day as part of that commitment. 

Earth Day, which is celebrated April 22, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. 

The event is celebrated in more than 190 countries.