Gibraltar cleans up

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Gull with plastic six pack holder

EACH year the Environmental Safety Group appeals for volunteers to become involved in the ‘Clean Up the World Campaign’ and will on Saturday September 26 launch its 11th ‘Clean Up’ day.

Hundreds of volunteers are expected and the event will concentrate on tackling issues of litter and the environment.

The organisers have identified three major hotspots at Witham’s Cemetery, the Northern Defences and the Seven Sisters coastline. The ESG feels there has been a change in attitude over the years and people have become more environmentally aware.


This year, the focus will be on plastic litter which poses a risk to birds and other wildlife, especially in the sea. According to a recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences researchers found that nearly 60 per cent of all seabird species studied had plastic in their gut and they forecast that by 2050, this will have risen to over 90 per cent.

Over 20 teams will be involved targeting different areas round Gibraltar and the campaign will tackle schools with a number of workshops planned to explore the ‘Clean Up’ issues.

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