ADEX WORLD OCEANS DAY – CHANGI BEACH CLEAN UP 2022
Annually, the World Oceans Day is being celebrated on 8 June 2022 to remind us about the quintessential role that the oceans plays in our lives. The ocean is a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere. The Day serves to also raise awareness about the detrimental damages mankind has left on the oceans, so as to call for action from the world’s public, for a more sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) has always been a strong advocate of ocean and marine conservation. Through our publications and events, ADEX strives to entertain, educate and engage the public about protecting our oceans and its marine diversity. In tandem with United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and World Oceans Week, ADEX has organised a beach clean-up session at Changi Beach Park, on 8 June 2022.
Located off the beaten track at the easternmost part of Singapore, Changi Beach is one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore. It retains an air of kampung ambience, which invokes a sense of nostalgia in Singaporeans. The spot is a common haunt for families to have their picnics and for fitness enthusiasts to cycle or kayak. Approximately 3.3km long, Changi Beach Park stretches from Changi Point to Changi Ferry Terminal and overlooks Pulau Ubin. However, with its human traffic, the beach’s pristine white sand has been tainted with litter that are detrimental to the health of the environment and the waters at Changi Beach.
Through the beach clean-up, we endeavour to contribute to the maintenance of the cleanliness of our local beaches, and to raise awareness about the importance of ocean and environmental conservation to the public. This clean-up session will hopefully kick-start a series of clean-up efforts by ADEX in the future. We believe that sustained effort in this is necessary in bringing about an effective change in the public’s perception about ocean and environmental conservation. This is also in line with the national efforts of local authorities in sustainable development.