My Clean Beach / Benim Temiz Plajım

The volunteers gathered after spending the morning cleaning the beach.

With the aim of raising public awareness about microplastic pollution, a large gathering of students, volunteers and local citizens attended a clean-up event held by the Women’s Association of Şile (ŞİKAD) and Eco Istanbul on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Şile district, Istanbul.


Including a series of introductory activities, the team, along with some volunteers and local citizens, cleaned a beach area in the Şile Kumsal district. The event was attended by local media platforms including The Daily Sabah, ATV and Hürriyet, which can help raise public awareness. The event lead participants to meet with others, chat, clean and to exchange ideas and enthusiasm, and concluded by awarding and thanking people who persuade for preserve the social eco responsibility – a sight that made quite an impression on the audience.

Miriam, an Istanbul&i volunteer, worked hard throughout the morning.

Jodie Harbort, a member of Eco Istanbul and ŞİKAD, reflected by quoting, “We saw that the way to achieve progress is to work hard from the bottom up, to collaborate and to ensure continuity and the spread of our sense of ownership and responsibility.”  This event was part of an ongoing effort to expose the project building advocacy.  Moreover, Jodie wanted to deliver a message for local and international youth, ” keep up the good work! It is essential to blend the enthusiasm of the foreign community with input from the locals so working on integration, inclusion and diversity within all our projects is key to long term success.”


Youth volunteers form our community, Istanbul&I, did have their own thoughts too on this event; Colleen reported by saying, ” I had never gone to an event where everyone felt just as passionate about our environment as I did. The solidarity felt there was strong and people connected with one another instantly. The work to be done is immense and encompasses out the entire world; so, although our contribution was a small, it has a great potential to inspire change within local villages.”


By Aimen Nabhani

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