SCORP (the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace), a branch of the MMSA (Malta Medical Students’ Association), has launched its new Environment and Voluntary Work campaign with a summer event entitled ‘Beach Clean-up and BBQ’. The event will take place at White Tower Bay, Mellieha on Thursday 26 July. The event starts from 17.30h onwards.
The idea was born from a desire to work more actively on the right for a healthy environment whilst providing medical students with an opportunity to learn more about Malta’s coastal environment and raise awareness among the general public on environmental and health issues associated with a polluted beach. To ensure a quality event and that the information being distributed is approved from a knowledgeable body, SCORP decided to collaborate with “Nature Trust Malta”, a leading environmental NGO in the field, which for years has been driving towards a more environmentally conscious mentality among the Maltese public. The ‘green’ student association “Youth for the Environment” was also invited to take part in this new initiative.
Students will be equipped with plastic gloves, mesh, grey and black bags and the rubbish collected will be appropriately separated. The different amounts of waste collected will be catalogued to help Nature Trust in the compilation of data from the area.
The planned event will go one step further by providing a leisure activity to act as a get-together between students in the form of a barbeque with a difference. The BBQ is aimed at being environmentally friendly whilst enabling those present to take part in a second very important outreach part of the event: raising awareness about hidden environmental and health issues which are normally ignored at a normal barbeque. Adequate measures will be taken to ensure that an attitude of respect is maintained towards the area.