It’s been 10 years since we started this event in Bangladesh. In 2006, 21 enthusiastic people came together to start something new. We arrived in Cox’s Bazaar with hopes, dreams and rubbish bags. We started cleaning the sea beach and gathered almost 50 kgs of non-biodegradable trash. This was just the beginning.
This year was the 10th Coastal Cleanup in Cox’s Bazaar. Students from IUB, Eastern University and NSU joined with Cox’s Bazaar local school students and formed a rally. At Laboni point at Cox’s Bazaar sea beach we had a small inauguration program and handed out gloves and polybags to the students.
After two hours of rubbish collecting, bags were full and we started sorting the trash. Cigarette butts and plastic food wrappers were the most frequent items of rubbish. Tourists were curious about our work; when they find out that volunteers were collecting trash some of them appreciated our efforts and some laughed.
This is something we are doing for tomorrow. A clean sea beach without trash is our dream.
This year’s theme was Together we are for Tomorrow, meaning we are together doing something good for tomorrow. By collecting debris we are doing something good for the future. It is also a lesson for future generations to keep the beach clean for everyone to enjoy. It is our responsibility to clean our trash. That’s why we say one day at the beach can make a world of differences. We believe after seeing volunteers clean the sea beach that a lot of people will be encouraged not to litter.
If more people understand the importance of a clean sea beach it will be good for our natural ecosystem. Ten years ago we started with a small step but important step.
Together we are for Tomorrow.
Text Masuk Ahmed