In Colombia, volunteers from the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) joined the celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup Day, with the aim of raising awareness in the public to join the task of caring and cleaning beaches, lakes and rivers for the health of these aquatic ecosystems.
The cleaning work was carried out in 16 beaches, 12 streams, 9 rivers and 1 lake. Through this action the volunteers managed to collect 29.6 tons of solid waste.
In this region the volunteers carried out the cleanup days, and at the same time they invited the community to take care of the spaces to prevent the contamination of the waters.
Sanitation of the Bolo River
On September 15, more than 44 citizens and 21 peace activists executed the sanitation of the Bolo River in the municipality of Pradera, where more than 650 kg of garbage were collected. In addition, they carried out a renovation and restoration of green areas.
200 meters from the Sonso River
In the municipality of Guacarí, volunteers visited the Sonso River to clean its surroundings. They collected plastics, glass, cardboard, equipment, wood, cigarettes, tires, among others, collecting a total of 500 kg of garbage.
Care of the Guadalajara
With the participation of 50 people, it was possible to carry out the cleaning task in three sectors of the Guadalajara River in the municipality of Buga in the Abadía Bridge, Villa del Río and First Bridge of the Collapsed, where the participants piled 2,000 kg of plastic waste.
Likewise, the volunteers made a house-to-house tour in the neighborhoods of El Prado, Buenos Aires, La Estrella and Coincer, to sensitize the community about the care of rivers. The day ended at the Teatrino bridge, where they managed to collect 1,000 kg of garbage.
For the rescue of the Ciénaga
The San Silvestre Swamp, the main water source of the city, was the place where the guardians of Mother Earth, together with the personnel of the Environmental Secretariat, the National Navy and the National Police, held the cleanup.
To help with the maintenance of the area, the GEAP volunteers delivered to the inhabitants of La Represa, two cans for solid waste, made with recyclable material.
Reduction of garbage in El Bajito
At El Bajito beach, 400 volunteers carried out the cleaning work with the support of the Municipal Government of Tumaco, the Environmental Police, the Red Cross, Civil Defense, environmental organizations and four educational institutions of the city. On this day it was possible to collect 4 tons of solid waste (plastic, wood and glass).
181 guardians of Mother Earth in six departments collected 215 bags with garbage for a total of 2.5 tons. The pollution of the mouths of the rivers of the Colombian Atlantic Coast is due mainly to the action of tourists and business owners near the beaches.
Quebrada del Juí
In Tierra Alta, the volunteers cleaned the Juí stream with the objective of promoting the preservation of this water passage that flows into the Sinú River. The cleanup counted with the support of the Government of Córdoba and the community, who participated in the collection of half a ton of solid waste.
Cleaning of the nature reserve
To celebrate this day, activists for peace in the company of representatives of Aguas del Morrosquillo, National Parks, the Gulf Tourism Police and the Department's Environmental Police, collected more than 375 kg of solid waste in five beaches of the Tolú corridor.
On the Atlantic Coast, the volunteers carried out the clean-up days at PradoMar and Miramar beaches, where they collected 100 kg of garbage and weeds. This event was carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the department.
Quebrada Agua Negra