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Let’s do it Cyprus campaign kicks off early with port clean-up

File photo: Divers bring up rubbish from the seabed at Limassol's old port

The ‘Let’s do it Cyprus’ clean-up campaign kicked off a week early on Sunday with divers clearing rubbish from the sea at the old port of Limassol, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

Going on 10,000 people islandwide have already signed up for the annual cleanup campaign, which is due to take place next Sunday, April 10. Cyprus is one of 100 countries worldwide that participates in the global even each year – the largest voluntary environmental campaign in the world started in 2008 in Estonia.

The Cyprus Ports Authority and the department of fisheries and marine research decided to get a head start a week earlier with the clean-up at the old Limassol port.

With the help of the diving group KIMON Xylotymbou, volunteer divers gathered up all kinds of rubbish on Sunday morning.

Harbour Master George Pouros told CNA, the clean-up effort was welcomed and that beyond the actual work that needed to be done, it sent an important environmental message.

On behalf of the diving group, Pambos Theodorou, said though the goal was to clean up as much as possible within a day as the campaign suggests, he stressed that the problem could not be solved with a few dives. “The important thing is the message that this situation cannot continue because the sea can not absorb all of the junk that everyone throws there,” he added.

Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou under whose aegis the campaign is being held, said the idea was to clean up Cyprus in a day and more importantly “to keep it clean forever”.

“It is important to maintain the cleanliness,” she said, thanking the volunteers.

Nicos Solomou, one of the organisers of the Let’s do it Cyprus campaign said so far around 9,500 volunteers had signed up for the big day on April 10 and estimates it will go beyond 10,000 by then.

Solomou said each year the campaign take place there appears to be a smaller amount of rubbish collected, indicating that people were getting the message.

You can sign up for the event at: www.ldicyprus.org or tel 22400185/99377755
Email: [email protected]

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