Volunteers Collect 12,000 Tons of Plastic Trash on a Beach in Mumbai

Sky Ocean Rescue Mumbai Beach Clean Up

In an effort to save our seas, people from all walks of life are trying to tackle the current ocean pollution crisis. On top of innovative inventions like a self-cleaning device and a floating garbage can, one solution that continues to prove successful is the traditional beach clean-up, as demonstrated by a group of dedicated volunteers in Mumbai.

Since 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue—an organization that “aims to shine a spotlight on the issues affecting ocean health”—has led a campaign to clean a 2-mile stretch of Versova Beach, one of Mumbai's most notoriously littered sites. Every weekend, volunteers meet at the beach, where they meticulously fill bags with food packaging, soda bottles, and other refuse.

According to Afroz Shah, the environmental organizer behind Sky Ocean Rescue, the trash travels to the shore from nearby slums, where individuals aren't able to recycle. “There is no garbage pick up here,” he says. “Nobody tells them how to handle plastic.” In order to remedy this situation, Shah has spent time educating these residents and helping them learn proper plastic protocol.

Fortunately, his efforts are paying off. As of January 2018, 12,000 tons of litter had been collected from Versova Beach, and, every month, 22 tons of plastic from the slums is processed. “This is the hope for the future,” Shah said. “Plastic that is recycled won’t end up on my beach.”

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h/t: [Laughing Squid, Sky News]

All images via Sky Ocean Rescue.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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