A mayor in South Korea is below fireplace for dumping tons of rubbish on an space seaside in order that volunteer clean-up crews had one thing to take away.
Lee Dong-jin, the mayor of Jindo County, admits he had the trash carted in as a result of apparently there wasn’t any for his constituents to take away.
“We brought in waste styrofoam and other coastal trash gathered from nearby areas so the 600 participants could carry out clean-up activities,” Lee mentioned in a statement apologizing for the choice. He added that “100 percent” of the trash positioned on the seaside was eliminated by volunteers, and none of it had made its means into the ocean.
The occasion, which came about on September 21, was a part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, meant to boost consciousness of human air pollution on this planet’s oceans. Groups of volunteers mobilized on seashores, recording waste objects they discovered on a standardized card to create a clearer image of the state of the surroundings.
Volunteers in almost 100 international locations cleaned seashores for International Coastal Cleanup Day this yr, together with Thailand, the Philippines and the United States.
Jindo, South Korea’s third-largest island, is considerably much less developed than the mainland and its seashores are necessary to the county’s tourism trade. Twice yearly an uncommon tide creates a land bridge for only a few hours between Jindo and neighboring Modo Island, drawing lots of of 1000’s of holiday makers to stroll alongside the two-mile causeway created by the receding waters.
Jindo can be dwelling to the Dadohae National Marine Park, the nation’s largest nationwide park, dwelling to lots of of species of birds, fish, reptiles and vegetation.
According to the National Geographic Society, the Earth’s oceans comprise roughly 5.25 trillion particular person items of plastic particles. Each yr, 14 billion kilos of plastic waste makes its means into the water, with plastic luggage and different trash killing as many as one million birds and marine animals yearly within the Pacific alone.
Several non-public initiatives have been launched to deal with the disaster: In 2013, Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat began the Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that makes use of a passive tide-powered screening gadget, nicknamed “Wilson, to filter plastic waste. Unfortunately, Slat’s first take a look at run resulted in Wilson unintentionally releasing vital quantities of plastic again into the ocean and finally breaking up earlier than being towed again to shore.