BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
THE people of Gizo, in the Western province celebrated the ‘World Environment, World Ocean and Coral Triangle Day’ with this year’s slogan, ‘Beat plastic pollution’ on Tuesday.
Hundreds participated in the celebration and joined the Western Province Network for Sustainable Environment (WPNSE) and various environment and tourism stakeholders and the provincial government division officers in celebrating the day.
Provincial Secretary Jeffrey Wickham officially opened the celebration on Tuesday in front of the Gizo Hotel.
The celebration started with a massive cleanup campaign in Gizo island and surrounding islets.
Gizo residents, business houses, shops workers and volunteers participated in the cleanup, while a good number of volunteers, especially youths going to surrounding islands at Logha, Nusatupe, Olosana, Kennedy, Naru, Olasana.
Among the cleanup activities was the scouring nearby reefs for crown of thorns starfish and removing them.
Secretary of WPNSE Julie Kalamana thanked the general public and young youths who participated in the cleanup campaign.
“I would like to thank the general public for the good work done at the general clean up day surrounding Islands and along Gizo Township.
“We thanked local business operators especially Mobile for sponsoring one drum fuel, Zilava for providing pickup truck to collect rubbishes, cans and plastics and TTC group of companies to provide their pickup trucks and others who support the cleanup campaign.”