Gozo clean-up on land and at sea to mark Earth Day 2018
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The Ministry for Gozo organised a clean-up event on land and sea to mark the occasion of Earth Day 2018.
The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, visited all the areas being cleaned and thanked those taking part in the initiative.
She also took the opportunity to convey a message about the importance of reducing the amount of waste being disposed of and the negative impact that waste has on the natural environment.
“This is because waste not only pollutes the surroundings, but is also having a negative effect on our health,” said Dr Caruana.
A total of seventy refuse sacks of waste were collected, as well as glass and plastic bottles, window frames, cardboard, water tanks and plastic caps among other small items.The Ministry for Gozo said the services for the activity were provided by the Cleansing Department and Intervention Team who helped collect the waste bags from each area. The Malta Tourism Association and the ERRC were also on hand.
This cleaning was carried out in two areas of the Marsalforn Valley, Triq ta’ Ghajn Hosna Xaghra, Sanap in Munxar and the Kantra area of Xlendi.
For this activity children participated from the Bishop’s Conservatory Primary School, from St. Francis Primary and the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, the ERRC. A number of divers from Bubbles Dive Centre, Atlantis Diving, St Andrews Diving Gozo, Utina Diving College, Moby Dives, Nautic Team and Sunday Dive Club, also took part.
The Ministry said that the activity was aimed at sending a clear message in favour of environmental protection and to raise awareness among the community for maintaining a cleaner Gozo, and to join the rest of the world in passing on a positive message for Earth Day.
Minister Justyne Caruana urged anybody that wants to organise or participate in clean up events should coordinate with the EcoGozo Department within the Ministry for Gozo by completing an online form available on or from www.mgoz.gov.mt or the mobile app MyGozo.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri