Sunday, June 28, 2009

"Clean up Lim Chu Kang beach before it turns into marine graveyard"

"Clean up Lim Chu Kang beach before it turns into marine graveyard"
STOMPer Aesthetician feels that the beach at Lim Chu Kang should be cleaned up so that more people will head there to soak in its rugged beauty. He says:

"These pictures were taken during low tide at the beach near the end of Lim Chu Kang Road.

"On the beach you can see old tyres, plastic sheets, plastic bags and polystyrene boxes.

"The beach looks filthy and muddy.

"I hope this part of Singapore can be cleaned up and perhaps NParks could build some boardwalks so that the public can get to enjoy the sea and appreciate the mangrove swamps with its rich flora and fauna.

"The beach is worth saving before the pollution turns this into a marine graveyard."

"Clean up Lim Chu Kang beach before it turns into marine graveyard"
"Clean up Lim Chu Kang beach before it turns into marine graveyard"
"Clean up Lim Chu Kang beach before it turns into marine graveyard"

This stretch of coast at Lim Chu Kang is another area that's monitored every year as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS).

Siva has a gallery of photos from his recce trip in June last year, and it shows the appalling amount of trash that has accumulated in the mangroves.

This led to a cleanup session in July 2008, where various volunteers as well as Miss Earth Singapore 2008 contestants cleared more than 250 kilograms of man-made rubbish. The photos from that cleanup session can be viewed in this Flickr set, while Marcus has also blogged about the session over here.

A second cleanup session was held in September, where 435 kilograms of trash was cleared.

You can view the Flickr set containing photos from last year's cleanup session, and here are the results from the 2 groups who participated, Coca Cola and Republic Polytechnic.

It might seem impossible to stop the stream of garbage that washes up on our coastline every day, but we do what we can. I can only hope that in time to come, we will be more aware and more sensitive of the impact of our actions, and play a more active role in maintaining the cleanliness and health of our shores.

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