Beach clean-up fosters environmental awareness and action

On June 3, a public holiday, the KL Archdiocesan Creation Justice Ministry (CJM) organised a beach clean-up at Bagan Lalang beach in Sepang.

Jul 05, 2024

Young people doing their part in caring for the environment.


By Marilyn Menezes Simon
On June 3, a public holiday, the KL Archdiocesan Creation Justice Ministry (CJM) organised a beach clean-up at Bagan Lalang beach in Sepang. A diverse group of 90 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 76, gathered to care for the environment in alignment with the theme of this year’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – Hope and Act with Creation.

A total of 54.5kg of plastic; 0.5kg of cigarette butts; 1.55kg of glass fragments; 1.12kg of metal scraps; 11kg of cloth; 5.78kg of paper; 0.4kg of e-waste, and 25kg of general waste were collected and meticulously sorted, and weighed. All collected items were destined for recycling or proper disposal.

During the clean-up, volunteers discovered seashells colonies growing on bottles amidst the rocks, highlighting the resilience of nature.

The event served as an educational tool for young volunteers and beachgoers, emphasising the importance of responsible waste management. Children eagerly participated by depositing their gathered trash into garbage bags, learning first-hand about ocean pollution and its impact on marine life.

Following a zero-waste meal, Fr Andrew Manickam OFM Cap, the Ecclesiastical Assistant for CJM, expressed gratitude to all attendees for their commitment to environmental stewardship.

CJM also addresses the pollution caused by Used Cooking Oil (UCO), urging the public to bring their UCO for proper disposal at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Brickfields on July 7. For more information, please contact 017-328-6199.

Additionally, an inaugural ‘Laudato si' Green Hunt’ is scheduled for July 8 in Brickfields, featuring environmental education, clue-solving, and community-building activities. Contact Melina at +6011-2328-9008 for participation details.

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