Over 1,000 kids recently joined together and rallied to clean up and delitter a beach in Belgium. Kids of all ages between 8 and 14, in Ostend Belgium, participated in what is now the biggest pollution cleanup to happen in this coastal city. The exciting and impactful cleanup was initiated by teachers from 26 local catholic schools. The teachers were motivated to teach and show their young students how to responsibly care for and protect their world and future. Their project was titled “Oceans of Tomorrow” which reached out to 8,000 local school children about the environment and how important it is to keep our oceans clean. The project will take place over the school year to teach students and give them opportunities to clean up the beaches and oceans. People in blue smurf costumes joined along in the cleanup to add motivation and fun for the kids. That day the kids also participated in discussions about how to use reusable bags and water bottles. Marian Blondeel, a representative from the United Nations Regional Information Center, also recently gave a talk about the importance of fighting for our planet during a press conference in Ostend. It is exciting and inspiring to see youth around the world rallying and joining together to do their part in helping clean up and protect our oceans and planet.
Written by Tallulah Gilbreath ‘20