Clean-Up at Labadi Beach
Our obligation drove us to Labadi Beach. It is also in Accra, which is located in the Greater Accra region. This is another popular beach that is heavily strewn with plastic debris.
People-frequented beaches typically contain a high concentration of plastic waste. People prefer to leave trash on the beach instead of using trash cans, which is sad.
But to what extent will people be held responsible for pollution on the beach?
It seems the sea has been considered for ages as a source of healing, and thus, its chemical composition is strong enough to handle substances or waste dropped into it.
What we forget is that nature is clean. Periodically, the sea cleanses itself, even to the extent of spitting out unwanted materials buried within it. Those are the wastes we see on the seashore.
Unfortunately, the ones that do not make it back to the land end up polluting the homes and cutting short the lives of living organisms in the ocean.
We have no right to litter the beaches or the vicinities we dwell in. Human beings with sound minds are expected to do better. Among all the living organisms, we were put in charge of the earth. Unfortunately, we are the ones developing ideas and products that are not just shortening our lifespans but that of the planet as well.
It is a sad scene to see animals entangled in plastic waste. Some are fortunate enough to be set free. There are others who die due to the entanglement. Have we no sense of guilt for taking lives through our unwanted actions called littering? How hard is it to drop waste in a bin?
Now, the questions I continually ask are;
1. Are there litter bins on the beaches? If not, is that still a reason to litter?
2. Are the rules and regulations to keep people in check at the beaches? Even if these laws aren’t enforced, can we not reason that littering will go a long way toward affecting our health?
Littering at the beach will continue to increase unless certain laws are enforced, regardless of how many clean-ups are done. Imagine a citizen paying GH 100.00 when caught littering or polluting water bodies. It will serve as a lesson to many.
The beach cleanup in Labadi was worthwhile. Plastics were collected as usual, and public education was also provided.
Hopefully, the residents adhere to it for a cleaner Ghana.