US Embassy marks World Clean-Up Day with beach cleaning

By Julius K. Satsi/Desmond O. Nyarko, GNA

Accra, Sept. 15, GNA – The United States (US)
Embassy in Ghana on Saturday embarked on clean-up exercises at the Afia Beach
in Accra to help reduce garbage at the shore and ensure its beautification.

This, according to Mr Christopher Lamora, the
Acting US Ambassador to Ghana was masterminded by the US Green Team to ensure
continuity, beautification of the environment and the protection of marine
life.

Mr Lamora acknowledged the support of some
Ghanaians who were present at the clean-up exercise saying, “This is organized
annually to mark the world clean-up day and some Ghanaians were here to offer
their support because it involves team work and dedication’’.

He commended the Mayor of Accra, Mr Mohammed
Adjei Sowah for his dedication towards sanitation in the country, saying “The
US embassy met with the Accra Mayor last week to discuss the possibility of
marking this day and he is someone I know to be dedicated and committed towards
the beautification of the environment and sanitation”.

He said, the environment would only be
protected if Ghanaians showed more dedication in a plethora of the clean-up
exercises organised in the country and avoid throwing garbage in the sea
because it endangers the marine life.

Madam Sarah Stayet, the Coordinator for the US
Embassy Green Team said, ‘Let’s do it Ghana’, US Embassy Green Team, some
Canadians and Norwegians assisted to make the World clean-up day successful as
the exercise were replicated in over 40 locations in the country.

She added that the Green Team had shown
dedication and commitment in bid to ensure that both the environment and marine
life were sheltered.

Madam Stayet said: “We, the US Embassy Green
Team took this initiative to create awareness about the need keep the
environment neat.

We went to Mamobi (a suburb in Accra) in July
for a clean–up exercise and we are hoping this will entice Ghanaians to engage
themselves more in next year’s clean-up exercise,” she added.

Ms Ellen Lindsley Awuku, the Interim
Coordinator for the Young Reporters of the Environment said, the YRE is an
organisation under the Foundation for Environmental Education Global, which
aims at empowering young people to scout and report on environmental issues in
a form of articles, videos, and pictures to create awareness about the
environment and its state.

GNA

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