World Ocean Day was celebrated globally on 8th June, and at Ocean Sole, we joined the rest of the world to celebrate and honour the world’s oceans which are a life force for all animals and people!
Our coastal team, together with our ocean mamas, carried out various activities that marked the day. Our partners, The Leaf Charity, Friends Of Nature, and The Kenya Red Cross Society, joined them. We also had volunteers from the Rotary Club of Kilifi, Kenya Scouts Association, Bright Beginning Preparatory School, Pwani University Students, Distant Relatives and the County Government of Kilifi, Department of Blue Economy.
On the 7th, Wednesday, the team went to Kwa Ngala Beach in the morning for a cleaning exercise. The Kenya Red Cross Society supported the cleaning by buying gloves for all volunteers. The team also cleaned Gastonia Beach, located at Kilifi's Creek. Much of the morning was dedicated to the clean, and they successfully collected 491.05kgs or 1,082 lbs of trash! The team took a well-deserved break at lunchtime to enjoy some lunch provided by Ocean Sole.
Volunteers cleaning the beach
After a good night’s rest, the team woke up the following morning energised and ready for the day’s mangrove planting activity at Gastonia Beach. If you didn’t know, mangroves are important in coastal areas. Here’s how:
The Ocean Sole team, including the mamas, were joined by volunteers from the Red Cross Society, The Leaf Charity project, Friends of Nature and pupils from Bright Beginning School. It was an excellent opportunity for the pupils to practically learn about the environment and how they can help conserve it.
Volunteers planting trees
The following species of mangroves were planted:
We were challenged by Bright Beginning pupils who showed that age is not a barrier when it comes to loving and caring for the environment. They showed up ready to learn and be part of the entire process. When young people take steps to create awareness for our environment and planet, it gives hope for the future of our earth.
Pupils from Bright Beginning School
In total, 1,666 seedlings were planted. The team proceeded to grab lunch after the incredible job. Afterwards, Thomas, our coastal operations assistant, talked about conservation with the team.
With great appreciation, we would like to thank all the participants who made both events successful. We wouldn't have been able to do it without you! To our host a beach clean virtual volunteers, thank you for assisting us to be able to:
We also thank our partners Rock The Ocean, The Leaf Charity, Beach Token and the Kenya Red Cross Society. The International School of Kenya donated 120 seedlings through the Leaf Charity, and Robin Farnworth donated 133.
World Ocean Day was an opportunity for us to come together and do something for the biggest natural resource that sustains our earth. If you didn't get a chance to participate in World Ocean Day events near you, please consider raising awareness on your social media platforms. Remember, there are billions of us in the world, but we only have one earth, and it falls on us to take care of it.
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