“This is the last sign of civilisation,” Siva said, referring to the mobile toilet at the end of a lonely road before we headed for the mangroves to do our coastal cleanup.
Several minutes into the cleanup, someone said, “I thought he said it was the last sign of civilisation. I see signs of it everywhere!”
And so, we had 40+ people at the Lim Chu Kang mangroves this morning, and we picked up some 752kg of rubbish within 1hr, not including the bulky stuff (which included chairs, refrigerators, barrels…)
It is indeed a special Sat morning, spent with special people, most of whom are strangers to me. The work is tough, and it is just amazing when individuals come together to help one another. There were magical moments too as we take short breaks to admire the beautiful environment surrounding us.
The actual International Coastal Cleanup day is 21 September. There will be many coastal cleanup locations then – if you are interested, do check them out here.