NGO Clean Up Beaches, Call on Nigerians to Care for their Environment

NGO Clean Up Beaches, Call on Nigerians to Care for their Environment
Some volunteers under the aegis of Beach Samaritans, an NGO, on Monday have called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of cleanliness for their wellbeing and for the environment. They made this known while celebrating the NGO’s fourth year anniversary at a beach clean-up on Monday in Lagos. They are Beach Samaritans comprises volunteers from all works of life who clean up beaches across the state. A volunteer, Ms. Doyinsola Ogunye, said that little was being done to educate people, including children, on the importance of cleaning the environment.Ogunye is the Founder, Kids Beach Garden, a beach located at Elegushi, Ikate, Lekki area of Lagos State. She said, “There is not enough done right now to educate people on cleanliness; we have to get into the curriculum of schools, foundations of churches and mosques, because cleanliness is next to godliness. We have a cause in schools, called `Kids for Clean Seas`, where we teach children the reasons why they should not litter in the first place. However, more needs to be done; the Ministries of Environment and Education should partner and inculcate these in schools so that it can be part of them growing up.” Also, another volunteer, the Program Officer, Kids Beach Garden, Mr. Tolani Kadiri, said that improper waste disposal could be destructive to the ecosystem, posterity and mankind in general. He said, “It has been estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastics in the ocean than the aquatic animals. We consider cleaning up imperative, because waste management is actually an issue that should be taken with utmost importance, not only on land, but also in the coastal environment. The onus is on us to ensure our coastlines are clean, because it actually contributes to a healthy ecosystem and is also a way of ensuring sustainability in the society at large. Kids Beach Garden is a sustainable beach geared toward ensuring an eco-friendly environment and we do that through a couple of communal responsibilities.”

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