Duct aims to draw 1?000 volunteers to clean rivers tomorrow

2009-09-18 00:00

THE Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct) is hosting its fourth annual clean up campaign in September 2009. For the last four years both the Weekend Witness and Hulamin have generously sponsored the day on which citizens living in the uMsunduzi and uMngeni Valley’s are encouraged to clean litter out of the rivers and streams. In 2008, over 600 people collected 1 500 bags of rubbish. Organisers are hoping for a turnout of more than 1 000 people and aim to collect 4 000 bags of rubbish. You can monitor Duct progress at www.duct.org.za

Unfortunately many people do not recognise streams and rivers for the assets they are and instead use them to dispose of waste and unwanted goods.

Duct was formed in 2006 in response to deteriorating river health and uses both action and education in the fight against pollution.

For the past three years, a schools art competition has been run by Pandora Long in conjunction with the clean-up campaign. By drawing pictures pupils are able engage more easily with the environmental problems that we face.

The act of picking up litter and then depicting the state of the river artistically will hopefully begin to shift the mindset of the youth from seeing rivers as places of disposal to assets from which benefits can be reaped.

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