Post Christmas Clean Up Continues at Elegushi Beach
Wednesday, January 08 (Lagos) – The Gidi Culture Festival team and volunteers participated in the first ever ‘Beach Sweep’ by clearing out litter and debris at Elegushi beach in Lagos. The event took place on the last Saturday of the month, highlighting the importance of the environmental sanitation.
The beach sweep is part of the ‘Rep your community’ drive by Gidi Culture festival to encourage youth participation in local communities and community projects. The Beach sweep encourages visitors to keep the beach and communities clean during the Christmas and festive periods. Gidi Culture is engaging its network to help support the beach and its local residents.
Volunteers cleaned out the beach and surrounding areas of the popular beach, which attracts over 3,000 visitors on the weekends alone. They removed bottles, debris from the waterways and litter from the rock bay.
Litter is a severe problem across beaches in Lagos with a growing need to stop this problem by educating visitors of the beach and the local community. Marine and shoreline litter can come from anywhere, some blown in by wind or travel by river streams and storm drains.
It is important to clean the beach and the shoreline to protect the local community as well as the wildlife that call those areas home.
“Elegushi beach is an integral part of our local community and organising the sweep is one way of encouraging visitors and local residents to take ownership of the beach and keep the beach superior and clean during visits” said Okeke.
Okeke, continued “We hope to make this a quarterly event, which we would like to roll out to other beaches across Nigeria. We have found that this sort of event encourages a sense of community and encourages local residents in giving back to their local community”.
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