5 NGOs across India are making a difference by conducting beach clean-up drives: Here’s how you can too!
What was once a paradise with clean white sand and an isolated stretch of palm trees is now ruined by heaps of trash as deep as the eye can see. Plastic bags, old clothes, single-use water bottles, and even unloved toys have found a place in beaches, which serves as a dumpsite for many residents and tourists visiting these spots.
However, there is still a tropical nirvana somewhere deep beneath this stack of waste. And hundreds of thousands of people are uniting to uncover it. Years later after observing the contamination caused to these beaches, some citizens and NGOs are propelled to value their beaches much more than ever. From picking up garbage, raising awareness about the trash problem, preparing disaster response, to conducting regular clean-up drives, volunteers are constantly trying to save the environment with their efforts.
A lot of these organizations are volunteer-friendly, providing you a chance to invest your time and skills while acquiring some experiences and enrichment. Here’s our compilation of NGOs fighting for clean beaches across India.
- Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI)
Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) is a non-profit wildlife conservation and habitat restoration group working in prominent cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Pune, etc. EFI is involved in conducting weekly lake, pond and beach clean-up drives contaminated and affected due to human negligence. Besides restoration efforts, EFI also conducts programs like Cyclakes, ForesTree, Lake Safari, and EFIs Wall-E to get citizens involved in collaborative conservation efforts.
- Project Mumbai
Project Mumbai is a Mumbai-based NGO identifying challenges faced by Mumbaikars and working towards solving them. Among several other initiatives, through the “Jallosh-Clean Coasts” campaign, Project Mumbai managed to collect 16,000 kg waste from nine beach fronts, two mangrove forests, and two rivers. They invite volunteers who would like to invest time in improving the quality of life for Mumbaikars. They also welcome donations from individuals and corporates.
Shuddhi is a volunteer-based non-profit working towards different causes, mainly; education, environment, water, wildlife, healthcare, and disaster relief. Shuddhi, in collaboration with Barclays, recently conducted the Yamuna River cleanliness drive. The group has now scheduled a beach clean-up drive in Mumbai. To date, Shuddhi has completed over 1043 successful projects with the help and support of 217 volunteers spread across the country. Help create a cleaner, better, and safer world for the generations to come by volunteering for any of their projects listed on the site.
Aahwahan Foundation is a group of volunteers and coastal management experts working relentlessly towards making a difference in the environment by ensuring beaches are free from plastic. The NGO has successfully conducted and completed beach cleaning drives in some of the prominent beaches like Gokarna, Baga, Anjuna, Ganpatipule, Karvar & Murudeshwar, Palolem, and Guhagar among others. To safeguard the beaches as well as the health of its volunteers, Aahwahan executes these drives by using beach cleaning machines, sand sifting machines, rubber gloves, dustbins, waste disposal bags, cameras, shoes that protect feet, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellents. Take ownership of keeping the beaches clean by joining hands with Aahwahan as a volunteer.
Recognizing the need to promote greenery, remodel the city for a good environment, and make the cities as well as shores cleaner and greener, Earthlings came to life in 2016. To date, they have conducted several activities ranging from beach cleaning, tree plantation, marathons, and awareness camps. From fixing stained street walls to clearing mounds of trash, as much as 15,000 kgs from Hyderabad, Earthlings operates on the belief that nature is a treasure that needs to be preserved by taking small steps together. You too can volunteer with them by contacting them through their website or social media handles.
How can you make a difference?
We are all aware our oceans are in danger. Even though we may have the best intentions, most of us, in some way or the other, pose great risk to this environment. So, what can you do to help?
When visiting a beach –
- Ditch the plastic bags and carry reusable bags.
- Take a trash bag to throw away everything; which would otherwise be left in the sand.
- Don’t use single-use plastic bottles, rather switch over to steel or other reusable bottles.
- Avoid smoking. If you still have the urge to smoke, dispose of the cigarette butt entirely.
- Refrain from burning your trash to have bonfires, especially plastics.
Have fun along the way and let’s do our bit in keeping our beaches clean!
Akanksha Shukla is a content strategist, writer by the day and reader by the night- all with the trusted companionship of coffee!