Up Gambia and The Gambia Ocean Heroes, Saturday conducted a day-long cleaning
exercise at the Banjul beach, targeted to keep the beach environment clean and
Ousainou Colley, Green Up Gambia programme officer said people are not giving much attention to the protection and development of the environment with the indiscriminate cutting down of trees.
Mr. Colley said they are a youth voluntary group focusing on environmental protection, saying they have conducted several sensitisations with young people about the environment and have been also embarking on tree planting exercises. “We have also collected some waste tyres to cover the coconut trees we planted along the beach side. We also use the tyres for other needs which will create employment for young people.”
Ebrima Kanteh, a member of Green Up Gambia said he joined the youth group to participate in the preservation of the environment.
Director Kemo Fatty said environment is a life support system coupled with sustainable development. He said one of their activities is tree planting which targets to attract young people to help in changing the environment.
Mr Fatty further stated that they are committed to planting trees to reduce environmental pollution to achieve sustainable development.
Ya Ndey Sow Muhammad, executive director of Gambia Mooring and Environmental Conservation Initiatives (GMECI) said the beach cleaning exercise was important to keep the environment clean and healthy.
Maia Tall, executive director of The Gambia Ocean Heroes said they conducted the cleaning exercise because they are concerned about environmental pollution.