Environmental activists clean up at Cape Town beach to mark Earth Day

(22 Apr 2024)
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Cape Town, South Africa – 22 April 2024
1. Environmental activists and volunteers walking along the beach with bags of litter
2. Activists picking up litter on the beach
3. Volunteers picking out litter from seaweed and from between the rocks
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lyniel Traut, Muizenberg resident:
"The importance of Earth Day for me is to, and in South Africa, is to reduce the production of plastics, by 2040, by 60%."
5. Wide of volunteers collecting litter from between rocks and placing them in trash bags
6. Volunteers walking with bags of litter
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Lyniel Traut, Muizenberg resident:
"Well, they need to reduce the production of plastics, that’s number one, that’s where it starts. A lot of corporates need to get involved and also do their part and also educate people about the use of single use plastics and what other options there are as well."
8. Man picking up pieces of litter from the water between rocks
9. Volunteers picking up litter and placing it in a trash bag
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Vigilante Manangazira, Muizenberg resident:
"I volunteered today because I have kids and I want my kids and children’s kids to grow up in a safe environment, where it’s plastic free and pollution free."
11. Litter placed on rocks as volunteers remove it from between beach rocks
12. Bags of litter on the beachfront walkway after being collected by volunteers
13. Volunteers collecting litter behind the iconic Muizenberg beach huts
STORYLINE:
A group of environmental activists gathered at the Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town on Monday to do a beach cleanup in celebration of Earth Day.

Earth Day is a globally celebrated annual event which mobilises people to reduce plastic consumption and pollution around the world.

The activists started at the Muizenberg beachfront and cleaned along the shore and then moved to cleaning between the rocks.

Lyniel Traut, an organiser and volunteer said she would like to see South Africa reduce the production of plastics by 2040 by 60%.

Fellow activist, Vigilante Manangazira, said Earth Day was important because she wanted her children and grandchildren to grow up in a safe environment, "where it’s plastic free and pollution free."

The activists have pledged to keep appealing to their government and to regularly arrange beach cleanups.

AP video shot by Wesley Fester

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