The global Initiative, a major part of India’s G20 Presidency, organized with Shanti Fund and New York State Parks Dept.
New York, NY
The Consulate General of India, New York, in partnership with Shanti Fund, and New York State Parks Department, organized a Beach Cleaning activity on May 21, 2023, at Jones Beach, Long Island, New York as part of G-20 ‘Beach Cleanup’.
“Addressing marine litter” is one of the focus areas under India’s G20 Presidency. Keeping Gandhian ideals on cleanliness at center stage, the beach cleanup drive was a part of India’s global initiative to bring attention to the problem of marine litter and the need to work together towards sustainable development of oceans. The activity also formed part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” – celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence.
Speaking on the occasion, Consul General Randhir Jaiswal highlighted the message behind the theme of India’s G20 Presidency – ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’. He emphasized the importance of Mission LiFE (Lifestyle For Environment) and the need to adopt sustainable and environment-friendly lifestyles. Beach cleanup activity helps in preserving and protecting the coastal and ocean ecosystems. Plastic wastes harm marine life.
The message from the event was that it is a matter of urgency that we, the global community, address plastic waste dumping into the sea. The initiative will draw global attention to the need to combat coastal and marine pollution and the role of citizens and their participation in preventing and cleaning up marine litter. The event saw enthusiastic participation from the members of the community who came in large numbers including children to be part of the Swachhata Abhiyan and celebration of Mission LiFE.