Activities for ‘International Coastal Cleanup Day 2022’ planned for 75 days starting July 3


Officials from the Science & Technology departments from the Union Ministry on Friday, June 17, 2022, attended meeting organised to review the preparations made for the upcoming “International Coastal Cleanup Day 2022.”

As per reports, several events will be planned for the special occasion on September 17, 2022. Activities are being organised at the Prithvi Bhavan, Ministry of Earth Sciences headquarters. Information regarding the same was reviewed by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh.

Authorities informed that that the annual event which has been planned regular on the third Saturday of September every year will be marked as planned. Coincidentally, the day also marks the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has also been keen about the cause of cleanliness (Swachhta), sea beach protection, environment and climate protection in all its forms

Dr. Singh said that this year’s event also coincides with the celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in the 75th year of country’s independence, and added that the coastal cleanup drive will be carried out at 75 sea beaches across the country for 75 days from July 3 to September 17, 2022. Talking about the uniqueness of this year’s event, Dr. Singh said that it will be the first-of-its-kind and longest running coastal cleanup campaign with highest number of people participating in it. 

Adding more, he mentioned that the participation of common man is essential to convey the message of “Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar” for the prosperity of not only coastal areas but also other parts of the country. He suggested that other than coastal regions, non-coastal regions should also plan to disseminate the message to the local people on the International Coastal Cleanup Day through environment and climate change departments / divisions in various universities, colleges and other institutions. He was of the view that sharing knowledge and information regarding coastal cleanup and security is in the overall interest of the country and not only a few coastal states / district.

A logo and tag line for the day and other thematic aspects related to it have been reviewed Officials have directed the same to the department involved for blitzkrieg of pre-event activities in the run up to the main event. The 75-day long event starting 3rd July, 2022, will kickstart with the release of brochure and a media interaction. There will be formal launch across the country, more so in the coastal States, with opinion makers and celebrities attending the local events.

One of the important targets of the drive will be to remove 1,500 tonnes of garbage from the sea coasts which will be a huge relief to marine life and the people staying in coastal areas.

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