On 24 September this year, Deutsche Bank, in collaboration with Ark Eden Foundation, sent 30 volunteers to Sui Han Beach, Lantau Island for a day of coastal clean-up and data-recording activities as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Ark Eden Foundation is a charity aimed at developing eco-centres and environment projects through a strategic and integrated conservation strategy for Lantau Island, the green lung of Hong Kong.
The morning started early with a briefing by a representative from Ark Eden on the current environmental concerns in Hong Kong and the working procedures for the day. The volunteers were undeterred by the wet weather and split into groups for the clean-up. They also categorized the types of rubbish collected along the way for recycling and to help the environmental agency understand the source of the garbage as part of the data-recording process.
The amount of garbage collected along the beach was overwhelming, with plastic bags and bags making up the bulk of it. However, there were also the occasional strange items that were trawled from the cleanup. They included shoes, underwear, toothbrushes, and even needles.
The volunteers spent an hour and a half on the backbreaking work. While the result was satisfying, all agreed there was far more to be done on educating the public on environmental conservation.