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EU organises beach cleanup events worldwide to raise awareness of marine pollution

EU organises beach cleanup events worldwide to raise awareness of marine pollution
Copyright Twitter/Andrew Jacobs
Copyright Twitter/Andrew Jacobs
By Cristina Abellan Matamoros
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From New Zealand to Peru, EU delegations across the world along with the United Nations and the Smurfs wants people to pick up trash in local beaches.

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The European Union has organised events to clean up beaches in more than 80 countries to culminate their three-month-long marine pollution awareness campaign.

The campaign, which ends this Saturday on International Coastal Cleanup Day, was an initiative launched with the United Nations and the Smurfs, the children cartoon characters, to fight marine pollution in the world, said a press release

Locally, the events were organised by EU embassies and UN offices along with local authorities, schools, NGOs, and private companies. 

EU delegations in each of the countries will pick up trash from local beaches with volunteer groups before sending it to trash collection sites. 

As the events kicked off on Saturday morning, some EU delegations shared pictures of their work on social media. Here's a few:

Clean up at Fakruna Bay, Malta

In the southeast Asian island of Timor-Leste

Enoshima, Japan clean up

Wellington, New Zealand

For a list of all the events, click here.

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