Sunday’s beach clean-up at the coastal community of Toucheng in Yilan County will serve to raise environmental awareness while providing participants with an opportunity to mix, mingle and take a dip in the ocean
Date: Jun 25, 2015
By: Dana Ter / Staff reporter
Earlier this year, the Taipei Times published an editorial highlighting the severity of
environmental pollution caused by plastic waste and the harm it has not only on aquatic life but on us as well, since plastic residue eventually enters our food chain (“Nation engulfed in plastic tsunami,” Jan. 9, 2015). Now that summer is here, it’s important to keep this in mind and refrain from littering as we head out to the beach — and for those of us who really want to get involved in keeping the coast clean, there will be a beach clean-up on Sunday morning by the Toucheng river mouth (頭城河出海口) in Yilan County (宜蘭).
Organized by Love Your Coast Taiwan — a Facebook community consisting of individuals and local businesses such as Rising Sun Surf Inn, Bottle Shop Taiwan and Lian Kuai Co (連岡股份有限公司) collaborating to organize monthly clean-ups — the goal is simple: pick up rubbish, meet new people and take a dip in the ocean afterward to cool off.
“We’re trying to make the clean-ups really safe, fun and easy for people to take part in,” Duncan Gibb from Love Your Coast Taiwan told the Taipei Times. “Providing snacks and refreshments for people should make it much more enjoyable.” [FULL STORY]