More than 80 people from Tainan and all over the world came together to
hold a clean-up operation in Anping Yuguang Island Moon Bay (?????????)
The activity was initiated by Naoya Inada, a recent graduate of the
Institute of International Management at National Cheng Kung University,
who wanted to show his appreciation to Tainan before returning to Japan.
"Tainan has given me so many great memories for the past three years. I
was thinking of a way to return Tainan's kindness before I go, to
contribute to the city, and I thought of Anping beach and how dirty it
has become. Maybe I can do something about that," Inada said.
What started as a one-person activity, with a few friends helping, grew
into a large-scale event over the course of the week as word spread
about his initiative.
Itculminated into an event that involved more than 80 people on the
weekend of August 16-17, 2014.
The organizers, who refer to themselves as ????? Anping Beach Cleanup
Team, shared a common vision to clean up the local area and improve
the coastal environment.
Garbage can be found on every part of the beach, but the scope of the
challenge was made more difficult by the fact that much of the garbage
is hidden among natural plant material and other detritus that regularly
washes up from the sea.
The group discovered glass bottles (???), single-used cups (???),
plastic fragments, drink cartons, expanded polystyrene foam blocks, as
well as hundreds of polystyrene fragments (?????).
To make matters worse, potentially dangerous items were found hidden
among the detritus on the beach, including lighters, syringes (both used
and unused), and broken glass fragments.
The group hopes that holding this kind of event will help to raise
public awareness of issues surrounding the disposal of consumer waste
and industrial waste.
The next clean-up event will be held on August 23-24, 2014.
More information about the group can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/anping.beach.cleanup.team/.
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