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Thursday, May 8, 2008

GVI Punta Gruesa helping out with beach clean in Mahahual

The ecology committee in Mahahual sponsored a beach clean, where students from CBTIS 253, a technical high school located in the capital of the state, were bussed in to help tidy up as part of their curriculum in their ecology course. 3 different groups on 3 different days were given a lecture on the mangroves and the MBRS and why it’s important to conserve these habitats (given by our very own project manager), followed by a rubbish bag handout to the students which were then taken to different sections of the ample shore where human impact was most noticeable. Not only did the students do their good deed of the day, but were given lunch, cold beverages and permission by their teachers to go into the water and cool down after the task was done.

When the final group of students finished picking up the waste, the total tally came to 50 bags of plastic (left behind by tourists or washed up on the shore) and 30 bags of glass and aluminium cans and other debris. Penelope Ibarra commented after the clean up: “There will always be garbage. We humans make it with everything we do, but at least I’ve done my part in helping nature”. Thank you CBTIS 253, thank you Ecology committee in Mahahual, and thank you GVI for participating and helping out.