In light of World Clean-up Day, residents and children from across the city participated in clean-up operations for the past few weeks.Residents in Mitchell’s Plain joined in with a clean-up of Monwabisi Beach on Saturday 14 April.This event was attended by the British consul general, Ed Roman, and Miss Earth South Africa, Irini Moutzouris, along with various schools, local councillors and member of parliament, Ricardo Mackenzie.“It is important that we take care of our environment. We need to teach our young warriors and our communities to take better care of our planet. We cannot survive if we keep on polluting our environment and we need to keep our environment clean. We are the change we have been waiting for,” says Mackenzie.“Cleaning our beaches and our environment is up to us. We look forward to World Clean-up Day on 15 September and encourage the community of Mitchell’s Plain to work and join us as we will have more clean-ups in Mitchell’s Plain ahead of World Clean-up Day.” Annually, people in 150 countries, including Japan, Hawaii and South Africa, stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste through various initiatives.The initiator of World Clean-up Day – Let’s Do It Foundation is a global civic movement with a mission to connect and empower people and organisations around the world for a clean planet. Thus far, 17 million people have joined the movement, cleaning up more than 500 000 tonnes of trash saving lives, improving health and reducing costs.