To celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers from the U.S. Embassy, Malta National Aquarium, Nature Trust (Malta), Maltaqua Dive School, Birdlife Malta, St. Paul’s Bay Local Council and Sharklab, together with many Maltese and international students, cleaned up trash on the beach and surrounding areas near the Malta National Aquarium on Tuesday, October 11.
The volunteers collected a total of 277 kg of trash from the beach, the seabed and the surrounding area. The breakdown is as follows: 115 kg of general waste and 162 kg of recyclable material.
U.S. Ambassador G. Kathleen Hill, St. Paul’s Bay Mayor Graziella Galea, Mr. Mark Pace of the Malta National Aquarium and numerous volunteers participated in the environmental project.
Commenting on the activity, Ambassador Hill reiterated President Obama’s commitment to ocean stewardship. She said, “Coastal trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. It is our personal responsibility to keep our beaches clean. It is our personal responsibility to be better stewards of our environment. We must not rely on the authorities, or anyone for that matter, to clean up outdoor spaces. Each one of us has a duty to reduce the amount of garbage we generate but we also have a duty to ensure that we dispose of our garbage responsibly.”