Aqaba spearheads Clean up the World campaign
Competition, puppet theatre, face painting to raise awareness08 October, 15:46
The campaign organized annually and for the twentieth time respectively included several activities, supported by the Arab Potash Company the official sponsor of the campaign for the tenth year respectively, in addition to Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Aqaba Directorate of Education, Aqaba Development Company, Ayla Oasis Development Company, Saraya Aqaba, Project of Coastal Environment Protection and Marine Biodiversity, PespsiCo Jordan and Movenpick Hotel - Aqaba.
The campaign included an open environmental exhibition in which 28 entities were participated from various environmental, tourism and cultural sectors. It also included environmental tournaments, puppet theatre, face painting aiming to make people aware about the importance of marine environment, in addition to presenting and introducing the products and services of the participating entities. Thousands of Aqaba inhabitants were participated in the different events, In addition to a campaign for dive cleanup carried out by about 300 volunteers and 110 divers with the objective of keeping people aware with importance of the clean and safe environment. About a ton of waste was removed from bottom of the sea with participation of the diving centers in Aqaba city.
An environmental march was organized in the streets of Aqaba with participation of hundreds of the local community people aiming to raise awareness on the importance of minimizing the use of transport means and promote walking to reduce emission of pollutants. The activities were concluded by a cleanup campaign on the Palm Beach to keep the beach and the marine environment tidy in which thousands of people from the official bodies and local community were participated.
Dr. Mahadin emphasized that the Authority gives a great importance to this aspect in terms of participation and support to ensure the success of this event, particularly its aiming to provide a beautiful civilized image for the city toward the visitors and travelers.
He noted that preserving the environment is a shared responsibility among all official and popular parties including the civil community organizations due to its importance for us and the generations to come, further to its impact on the health and safety of citizens and its positive reflection and outcome on tourism and consequently on the national economy.
The CEO of the Society Mr. Faisal Abu Sondos commented that we are cautious on continuity of such campaigns that met with approbation and acceptance from the citizens, where most of the participants in this campaign were representing voluntary and youth sectors and entities, in addition to the environmental school students in Aqaba.
He praised the efforts of the sponsoring and supporting bodies to achieve the required benefits and showing the attractive side of the city through intensification of such kind of campaigns in future, and he emphasized on the negative impact of wastes on the beach and their effect on the marine life that existed in the Gulf of Aqaba.