From the tiniest plankton to the largest whales, plastics impact nearly 700 species in our ocean. You’ve probably seen videos of these impacts first hand, like a sea turtle with a plastic straw embedded in its nose or a whale entangled in a fishing net, approaching divers that release it from harm. Some of these incidents have happy endings, but in reality, many more do not.
In celebration of the World Environmental Month, the Safety Health Environment Committee (SHEC) headed by its Committee Chairperson, Edward P. Lacanilao spearheaded the massive clean-up drive on the morning of July 6, and August 10, 2019, at CMPHI compound, with the theme: “Beat air pollution”.
Since we are a fishing industry, Mr. Edward Lacanilao emphasized the importance of the clean-up drive. He encouraged every participant to exert extra effort in this activity since our main source of income is fishing. Through this simple way, we can nourish and protect the ocean from human waste.
Heaps of trash were collected and segregated into three separate wastes: Biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and toxic waste. Through three hours of teamwork and dedication, the participants collected several sacks of trash.
It was an eye-opening activity that helped the participants to realize the impact of trash in our oceans and how it affects the next generations. It gave them a sense of satisfaction of being able to help the environment through their effort and dedication in this activity.
TEMPHIL Group expressed once more its undying commitment to protect our oceans through the coastal clean-up activity. It is a simple gesture to give back to our community, as well as the ocean which is the source of income of fisherfolk, and also the home of marine wildlife and its ecosystem.