Our ambitious target for this year June 7th is to collect 50+ tons of garbage from 20+km of Chennai sea shores with 5000+ volunteers, both individual volunteers and corporates/schools/NGOs. All joining hands together to send a strong message of environmental awareness and conservation within our society. Coordination of this massive cleanup operation will be done by a 100+ member organizing team of the Chennai Trekking Club who will coordinate with both groups and individual volunteers at the 15+ target beach zones.
Action Plan :
Individual volunteers will assemble Sunday morning in 10 different locations across Chennai city (exact details provided below) and from there travel together (car/bike pooling) to designated beach zones. The cleanup will happen between 6-8:30am. Post which the volunteers will be dropped back to their respective assembly points. Garbage bags, gloves and refreshments will be provided to the volunteers.
Groups (Corporates, Schools & NGOs) will directly report to their designated beach zones through their own transport and join the cleanup effort along with other individual volunteers. Corporates have to procure bio-degradable garbage bags, gloves and refreshments beforehand for their employees. Contact details of bags/gloves vendors will be shared. Estimated cost per head is around 60Rs. Schools, NGOs and individuals can participate free of cost (bags, gloves, refreshments will be sponsored).
Groups can register in this link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1m1E9N3vTzPg17MXllayw4nmX6YfzJPsvjy7f1vtClt4/viewform?c=0&w=1
Garbage will be segregated in various categories (plastics, glass, bio-degradable, etc.) and will be recycled to the maximum extent possible so as to minimize the percentage of leftover sent to the dumpyards. CTC will coordinate with third-party recycling companies and the Chennai Corporation for safe disposal of the remaining garbage. Volunteers and groups participating in the cleanup will be educated beforehand by CTC's Green team on segregation of materials.
The entire event will be extensively covered by our event partner The Hindu as well as a broad awareness campaign on the social media supported by a large team of photographers of the Chennai Trekking Club to carry our message of conservation to a wide audience. Last year 6200 people participated in the 5th year edition of our Coastal Cleanup including 4000 individual volunteers and 150+ corporates, schools and NGOs cleaning up 50 tons of garbage from our coastline and most of it was sent to recycling to our third party recycling partners. More statistics about last year's cleanup can be found at http://www.chennaitrekkers.org/2014/06/chennai-coastal-cleanup5-india-clean_9.html.
In this year cleanup along with conservation & recycling we are putting forward several initiatives for long term sustainability, in which individuals can actively participate in and contribute. During the 2 months prior to the cleanup CTC is organizing various initiatives to create awareness among the public through social media. #NoPlasticChallenge. Guiding corporates and apartments on waste mgmt and recycling. Educational programs with schools and study centers. Flash mobs, street plays, mime's, online quiz, sharing info on recycle shops, plastic-free stores, workshops on sustainability, etc. You can volunteer to be part of any event/campaign and also can take initiative to lead the change in your workplace or neighborhood (Further details available in registration form).
We welcome sponsors who wish to be associated with this major event & conservation cause and enable us to keep the event free for participating individual volunteers, schools and NGOs.
Volunteers and groups will be allocated uniformly according to garbage density across various designated beach zones:
1 - Marina
2 - Lighthouse
3 - Santhome
4 - Foreshore
5 - Broken Bridge
6 - Besant Nagar
7 - Kalakshetra
8 - Tirunvanmyur
9 - Kottivakam
10 - Pallavakam
11 - Neelankarai North
12 - Neelankarai South
13 - Injambakkam
14 - Akkarai
15 - Panayur
16 - Uthandi
17 - Keezhkattalai Lake
18 - Mudichur Lake
Not available on June 7th ?
No worries. You can still sign up in any one or all of the long term sustainability initiatives. Refer the section "Long Term Sustainability Initiatives" in the form below.
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#NoPlasticChallenge Details :
10 reasons not to miss this year's Chennai Coastal Cleanup:
Chennai Coastal Cleanup 6 Promo :
Media Coverage of Chennai Coastal Cleanup 5 :
Chennai Coastal Cleanup 2014 :
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Media Coverage - http://www.chennaitrekkers.org/p/media.html
About Chennai Trekking Club :
The Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) is a 24 thousand member non-profit volunteer based organization. It’s one of the largest and most active outdoor groups in South India which provides a platform for like-minded outdoor and sports enthusiasts to connect through hundreds of outdoor events organized throughout the year. The group creates environmental awareness through many green initiatives including tree plantations, organic farming and coastal cleanups. CTC promotes an active lifestyle through various sports events including marathons and triathlons. Last year 1500 runners participated in the Chennai Trail Marathon, Javadhu Hills Ultra and Chennai Triathlons. The group also tries to instill social awareness by organizing social treks for the less privileged.