Ministry stresses need to keep beaches garbage free

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Climate Change had underlined the need for creating public awareness at all levels about environmental and health benefits of keeping the country’s coastal beaches and oceans free of trash and contamination.

“We must keep playing our part to free beaches from trash, particularly plastic trash like straws, empty beverage bottles, tea cups and plastic bags to help reduce the amount of garbage that gets into the ocean. We can also check with local government and non-governmental environmental conservation organizations to get tips and techniques to help us all in being more conscientious about our living style and the negative impacts it casts on the oceans,” Climate Change Ministry spokesperson, Mohammad Saleem told reporter.

“We must understand that the trash in the oceans badly impacts the world on many scales, including poising food sources, harming wildlife, humans, and impacting the livelihood of those who work on the ocean.”

“More importantly, it leads to economic damage by affecting tourism and recreation and the money they bring into those poor and marginalized coastal communities. Therefore, solving these issues need us to take initiatives on our part to wipe out the sources of the trash that disfigure our beaches and ruin the ocean and ocean resources.” he added.

He expressed his serious concern about the way the ocean and the ocean resources are being ruthlessly polluted to the complete disadvantage of the environment, oceans and humans lives.

He said every year millions of gallons of untreated waste water that flows into oceans and tons of garbage winds up in these water bodies, over 60 percent of it being plastic material.

“Plastics especially last a very long time in the ocean, and according to estimates of environmental organisations some 50,000 individual pieces of plastic litter every square mile of ocean. Besides, plastics are very lethal to marine life, which lead to deaths of more than a million birds and over 100,000 seals, turtles, and whales, and a huge number of fish in our oceans globally,” he highlighted.