SOME 600 volunteers turned out on Sunday for a clean-up of a stretch of the Almeria coastline between the river Andarax and Retamar.
Organised by different environmental organisations, the collective effort to clear rubbish from 15,000sqm of coast had the full backing of Almeria city council, which provided materials to help the volunteers gather the waste materials.
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The council’s Sustainable Environment councillor Margarita Cobos was among those taking part. She commented on how many people had got involved, noting that Almeria residents are increasingly more conscious of the importance of looking after the environment.
Cobos underlined the importance of “collaboration and citizen participation” in the common goal of “caring for our surroundings and adding to efforts to defend our planet.
“We have a society with is aware and which responds when the call goes out, and today is an example of this, with the participation of many young people and families.”
The councillor said the city authority is committed to improving the environment and to raising awareness among local residents through campaigns.
She referred specially to the administration’s new ‘Eradicate this species: recycle plastic’ campaign, appealing for the “rational use and recycling of plastic, one of the residues with has the most consequences in the degradation of the environment, and especially on seas and oceans.”
Costacabana residents’ association vice-president Jose Reche echoed the councillor’s comments, remarking that the day “demonstrates society’s commitment to an issue which worries and concerns us all.”
Ecologists in Action, one of the associations which organised the initiative, said as well as managing to clear a large area of coast of trash the clean-up made people more aware of the “mistreatment” of the planet.
“The solution is in us and we have to think about how to reduce the large amount of waste which is generated and which affects the environment”, Ecologists in Action stressed.