Tonight with Lester Podcast

Beautiful News

Guest : Aaniyah Omardien Talking about marine conservation isn’t enough. The shocking state of our beaches demands immediate action. At coastal rock pools across the world, octopus, starfish, and anemone compete for space with cooldrink bottles, sweet wrappers, and fishing gut. These plastic items absorb harmful chemicals and pollutants. Over time, they break down and are ingested by sea creatures, bringing toxins into the food chain. A crisis of this magnitude warrants a collective movement. Aaniyah Omardien is gathering the masses to clean up this mess. In 2015, Omardien founded The Beach Co-op, a non-profit organisation committed to keeping South Africa’s seas healthy and plastic-free. The all-female team meet with volunteers every new moon to remove pollution from Surfer’s Corner on Muizenberg Beach. As an environmental scientist, Omardien also hosts events to track the ‘Dirty Dozen’, a selection of marine refuse that repeatedly washes up. This includes items such as earbuds, lighters, and lollipop sticks. Collecting and recording the debris allows Omardien’s team to observe the levels of trash in the water. With data, they can substantiate the urgency for a response.


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