Clean-up, a time to mix with friends

2020-01-28 06:01
The cleaning of Rondevlei Nature Reserve is important for humans as well.PHOTOS: Devon bowen

The cleaning of Rondevlei Nature Reserve is important for humans as well.PHOTOS: Devon bowen

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If you want to help clean up our environment and tackle plastic pollution on our coastline and wetlands, you can join the Trash Bash Clean-up of the Rondevlei Nature Reserve.

The clean up is the first of the regular environmental clean up events of the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town for 2020.

“We want to do everything we can to tackle plastic pollution on our coastline and we need to clean up our wetlands and other waterways as well. The Trash Bash Clean-up is held on Saturday 1 February from 09:00 until 11:00 and everyone is welcome,” says Renée Leeuwner, spokesperson for the Two Oceans Aquarium.

“It has been nearly a year since Trash Bash visited Rondevlei Nature Reserve last and we are excited to see how we can again help clean up this wetland area. Apart from being good for the environment, clean-ups are also good for us humans. Anyone who’s spent a morning with us, taking part in a clean-up, knows that it’s actually a chance to have a ball, to spend time with friends and family, to breathe in some fresh air, and to leave a slightly better, slightly more informed person. Cleaning up a wetland also gives you the opportunity to clear out plastic pollution before it reaches the beach, or the ocean,” she says.

It is important to clean up these wetland areas as wetland ecosystems support a host of animal and plant life.

“Wetlands are critically important for the survival of humans too, from the mitigation of climate change to the protection of human settlements from floods. If we protect wetlands, we also protect our planet and ourselves,” Leeuwner says.

If you are contemplating being part of the clean up you’ll have to bring sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), reusable gloves (like the ones you’d use for gardening or doing dishes), and being a wetland, it would be advisable to bring a pair of gumboots.

  • Contact Renée Leeuwner on 021 814 4539 or renee.leeuwner@aquarium.co.za. You can also join the Facebook event.

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