FNU staff and students hold beach clean up campaign

Environmental advocate Lia Bogitini (Left) with staff and students after cleaning the Saweni beach. Picture: SUPPLIED

A CLEANUP campaign was conducted at the Saweni beach over the weekend to mark World Cleanup Day by the staff and students of Fiji National University’s (FNU), Natabua Campus in Lautoka.

About 40 staff and students from Lautoka collected rubbish, trimmed overgrown grass and planted Croton plants (Codiaeum variegatum) along the roadside and at the entrance of the Saweni beach to beautify the area.

FNU Assistant Lecturer in Environmental Science, Lia Bogitini, who spearheads environmental activities at Natabua Campus, said they were pleased with the response from staff and students who spared time over the weekend to participate in the program.

“The response was overwhelming, and this shows our support to conduct environmental activities which assist towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 13, 14 and 15,” she said.

According to Ms Bogitini, the activity was a way of giving back to the environment as well as creating greater awareness of the need to look after our surroundings.

“It is imperative to keep our beaches clean because if we don’t clean them ourselves, nobody will do it for us,” she said.

The environment advocate is pleased with the two student groups to have volunteered to make Natabua Campus more environmentally friendly.

 

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