After drawing a curriculum for school children, we realized the need to design an action plan for the local community. This activity was to create an opportunity for interaction among the community members on the effect of bad waste management on the ocean, especially plastic waste on marine animals. To execute the community awareness activity, the project team recruited and trained 30 volunteers on effective waste management that focused on segregation and reduction of waste. The volunteers and the project team visited two communities to interact with community folks about plastic waste management. The reception was great. At the end of the day, 2000 persons from 80 households and 21 shops received plastic education from the Coastal Watch team.
Beach clean-ups are important because they serve as a good awareness tool to bring citizens in contact with the problem of marine pollution and be part of the real change. The project team organized a beach clean-up which brought together more than 120 participants from the community, teachers, students, and a pool of coastal watch volunteers. The activity started with aerobics and plastic waste management education. After the education, participants picked sacks and collected defined waste and weighed them. The event climaxed with refreshments and microplastic practical educational activities for the students. A total volume of 900.24KG of waste was recovered from the ocean.