The Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL), undertook a clean up of Vigie beach on Sunday, removing nearly twenty bags of garbage from the area.
MASL President,Miguel Fevrier, observed that the garbage was collected even though he is aware that the beach is cleaned every day.
“The NCA workers are here picking up garbage, raking the beach, yet we were still able to amass so much garbage maybe within a day’s break – I think Saturday would be the only day that it is not being cleaned,” Fevrier said.
“We don’t want tourists to come and see garbage lying along the airport fence,” the MASL President noted, adding that it would be a poor reflection on this country which markets itself as a destination of white sand, clean beaches and a love for conservation and nature.
He said amid all the talk about this country’s patrimony, the conservation of Maria Island and what is native to Saint Lucia,members of MASL thought it best to play their part.
Fevrier explained that a few weeks ago the executive of the organisation decided to jump start the group’s list of social activities in order to pull membership and build camaraderie among existing members.
“We also sought to do our civic duty in terms of the beach clean up,” he said.
As a result members of the MASL conducted the beach clean up and held a social activity afterwards.
“We see it as more than just reporting on the effects of climate change and indiscriminate human practices – we ourselves as the voice of the people and the mouth and the ear piece, we thought it better to lead by example,” Fevrier stated.
He indicated that by cleaning up the beach, MASL members were doing their part in ensuring that the negative effect of climate change is not further impacted by indiscriminate behaviour.
The MASL President disclosed that Vigie beach was chosen because it is a central point for people who live in Castries and Gros Islet.
“It is an easy place to assemble,” he said.
“The beach itself seems to be gaining a lot more popularity because the beaches in the North, apart from being occupied by hotels, are being saturated by both locals and foreigners – beach chairs have lined the sand and people are just starting to use this beach again,” Fevrier observed.
He also disclosed plans to undertake beach clean up activities in other areas of Saint Lucia.
The MASL beach clean up was undertaken in partnership with the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority and the National Conservation Authority (NCA) which supplied gloves and garbage bags.