Youngsters reclaim Kovalam beach

College students and IT professionals take up a cleaning drive and get free surfing lessons

Published - June 08, 2018 04:20 pm IST

Beach cleaning drive at Kovalam beach.  Photo: special arrangement

Beach cleaning drive at Kovalam beach. Photo: special arrangement

In the last 60 days, volunteers of a beach cleaning drive, organised by Bay of Life Foundation, have collected around 300kg of non-biodegradable waste from Kovalam beach.

The volunteers who were part of the drive were given free lessons in surfing by Bay of Life Surfing School. It is two months since the Foundation added this new attribute to its regular beach-cleaning activity.

Youngsters including college students and IT professionals are taking part in the cleaning drive.

“Any volunteer who collects a minimum of 5kg of non-biodegradable waste will be given training in surfing for 1.5 hours which is worth ₹1,500. The objective of the new feature is to encourage more youngsters to participate in the cleaning drives and thereby they can understand the staggering scale of the pollution in our ocean and the threat it causes to the marine biodiversity and livelihood of the fishing community,” says Showkath Jamal, trustee of the Foundation.

Members of the Foundation also pointed out that besides visitors, the film and television industry also contribute to the litter in Kovalam beach and Muttukadu estuary as they have become preferred spots for shooting, of late.

“We would like to try the recent practice in Kerala where fishermen are now netting plastic and non-decomposable trash from Arabian Sea, as part of Suchitwa Mission, a green protocol of the Kerala government. They are also compensated for their service.

A similar system should be introduced in our State as well. Bay of Life Foundation has plans to introduce this practice for fishermen in Kovalam,” says Christian Noel, outdoor educator of the Foundation.

Beach cleaning drives are held on every Thursday and Saturday. Those interested to take part can call 7550063120 or 9940488880 for further details.

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