One primary school teacher is raising concerns that the popular Brown’s Beach may rank among the most littered in Barbados.
Sally Steele, who led a team of fellow teachers, parents and students of St Gabriel’s School on a cleanup at Brown’s Beach yesterday, said there was a lot more pollution there compared to other beaches.
“This [Brown’s Beach] has a lot more garbage, I think because it is heavily utilized by the public. There are garbage cans, but we can see that they’re full already,” Steele said after the three–hour comb of the beach and bordering bushes.
“This beach is more popular than the other beaches we’ve done. Last year we did Silver Sands beach, where there was a lot of the Sargassum seaweed, so that is mainly what we picked up there, we didn’t find a lot of garbage,” she said.
Steele said yesterday’s was the third annual exercise for St Gabriel’s. Brown’s Beach was chosen because of its proximity to the school, and it is also used for St Gabriel’s summer camps.
“We’ve found a lot of interesting things that you would expect to find on a beach, lots of Styrofoam plates and plastic bottles, and cans and glass bottles and so forth. But also there are some very large items.
“We found a couple of tyres, wood from boats, mattresses, sticks and pipes… a lot of things, not just on the beach but in the trees and by the sea grape bushes and so on,” Steele said.
She added that the students were very enthusiastic about the exercise, as it helped to raise their awareness of the seriousness of the problem of littering.
“We we’re trying to teach them not to liter in the first place, therefore we wouldn’t have to do things like this,” she said. (GA)