بعثة الإتحاد الأوروبي لدى جمهورية العراق

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On Saturday morning 10 October, over 300 participants joined us on the Lumley and Aberdeen beaches of Freetown for our annual #EUBeachCleanup ocean-activism action. Due to COVID restrictions, the event was organised at 5 separate locations.

‘Our ocean starts with you!’ was the theme for the 2020 digital edition of the #EUBeachCleanUp, as the campaign took to social media reminding us that ocean protection begins at home. For the past month up until World Coastal Cleanup day, people across the globe took on challenges to clean their neighbourhood, shop for less packaging, reduce water consumption, and sort waste. EU High Representative Josep Borrell praised these actions saying “Even the smallest actions from home can have an impact on our oceans. #EUBeachCleanUp is a great individual and collective action of volunteers around the world to keep beaches clean and protect marine life.”

Ahead of World Cleanup Day, the EU is collaborating with Let’s Do It El Salvador and the Salvadoran Government in a nationwide effort to galvanise community-led responses to climate change. Last year, through the #EUBeachCleanup and the #EUGreenDeal initiatives in El Salvador, the EU helped collect over 1.06 tonnes of waste in Playa Las Hojas, mobilised hundreds of Salvadorans to cycle for the environment, and promoted sustainable community parks.

The annual event will bring together civil society, students, the United Nations, local authorities, and the general public to clean a beautiful beach, and to raise awareness of plastics pollution and the deterioration of coastal vegetation.