The Southern Naval Command observed World Environment Day on 05 Jun 23 with ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ as the theme and waste segregation, plastic waste removal, afforestation, and mangrove restoration as focus areas.
Pursuant to the global campaign of keeping coastlines clean, around 3000 Naval personnel, defense civilians, and families of Southern Naval Command undertook mass clean-up drives of beaches, harbors, and waterfront areas of Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Fort Kochi Beach, Puthuvype Beach, Puthenthode Beach, Vypin Beach, Cherai Beach, Marine Drive, Queen’s Walkway, Bolgatty and CoPT walkway at Kochi city. Around 4700 kg of plastic and non-biodegradable waste was collected during the campaign. In addition, a 2 km stretch of the Venduruthy channel was also cleaned while restoring about 1 lakh sq m of mangroves along the channel’s banks.
Children of the Navy Children Schools and KVs in Southern Naval Command also actively participated in the event through the conduct of special assemblies, educative skits, environmental quizzes, seminars, slogan writing, poster making, and painting competitions.