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Chennai Coastal Cleanup2 - 2011

From Marina to Kovalam

The Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) led a massive volunteer effort towards cleaning up the 15-km coastal stretch from Marina to Injambakkam this Sunday. CTC is a non-profit volunteer-based organization of nearly 1000 trekking enthusiasts. The group is actively involved in exploring trails, jungles and mountains all over India. CTC organizes 5-8 treks every month and often more than one trek on weekends. Apart from trekking, the group is also passionate about raising environmental and social awareness and organizes several campaigns to clean up and preserve environmentally sensitive areas.

Sunday’s coastal clean up was a sequel to another massive clean up that was held in May 2010. The group’s founder had a vision to make this event the largest beach clean up campaign in Chennai’s recent history. Thus, a single email calling for volunteers caught the attention of hundreds of residents and the media. In a mere few weeks, nearly 1000 volunteers (including me J) signed up to offer 2 hours of their Sunday morning to rid the city’s coastline of garbage.

Mission - Spread environmental awareness to preserve nature in and around our crowded city.
How - Clean up 15 km Chennai beach stretch from Marina till Injambakkam
When - Sunday Jan 9, 2011, 5am-10am Plan of Action -POA

5am - 500+ volunteers assemble in 11 pick up points across the city. Participants from other cities are most welcome to support this epic endeavor.
5-6am - Volunteers will be grouped in 15 Garbage Busting (GB) teams and teams will move to 15 designated beach zones between Marina till Injambakkam.
6am- Upon Arrival at beaches, Distribute garbage bags, gloves and strategise about how the teams will work together to overcome this Eco-challenge.
6-9am- Each of the teams will only have to clean a 1 km zone. This challenge will be accomplished successfully even before the sun rises high above our heads
9am - After all that work, teams will gobble down yummy breakfast after which take there will be group photos with mountains of garbage bags so that the press can publish our beliefs and efforts In pictures.
10-11am - This will be followed by safe disposal of garbage following which we will return back to various the drop off points in the city.

Participating Group

Corporation School - Okkaim Thoraipakkam Corporation School Avvai Home
Govt College of Physiotherapy MGR Janaki College of Arts
Nokia
Rotary Club of Madras Coromendel