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Earth Day celebrated in Camdeboo National Park
Date: 24th April 2013
Camdeboo National Park, outside Graaff-Reinet, spearheaded Earth Day activities in the town on Monday 22 April 2013 – encouraging environmental action in the area. This was the first time the Park joined in this international initiative by hosting its first ever border clean-up.
Last week the Park’s management and staff called upon volunteers to join them in a campaign to clean up the borders of the Park, as well as their immediate surroundings, in an effort to create a cleaner and greener Graaff-Reinet, where littering has been identified as a major problem.
Millions of people across the world participate in Earth Day activities annually in an attempt to address issues such as global warming, toxic waste, destruction of rainforests, expanding deserts and ocean pollution.
Three schools, namely Kroonvale Primary, Lingcom Primary and Union High School, offered their assistance and participated in the Park’s programme. Approximately 750 learners participated in the event.
The Camdeboo Municipality sponsored black bags for the clean-up and removed them afterwards. Heaps of filled black bags were spotted throughout the town at the end of the day – an indication of the extent of pollution in the scenic Karoo town.
Camdeboo National Park would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in the day’s activities.
Learners from Lingcom Primary doing their bit to contribute to a cleaner environment on Earth Day.
The heap of black bags collected in and around the school grounds in the space of only 15 minutes.
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