TeleQuest Voice Services Coastal Clean-up 2018
On May 12, 2018, TQVS staff and management spearheaded an environmental clean-up at Canonoy Beach in the municipality of Hinigiran, Province of Negros Occidental. We are committed to finding sustainable ways to grow business while protecting the planet and its resources. TQVS endeavours to address different issues that will greatly affect the next generation. We believe that environmental conservation and protection is an integral part of corporate social responsibility. Participants in the coastal clean-up enjoyed the rewarding experience and would like to initiate similar activities in their communities as well.
Every now and then, we would hear devastating news about mass deaths in marine life due to coastal pollution. This has become more prevalent during the last two decades. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), around 80% of marine pollution in oceans worldwide come from land-based resources. Most of which are nonpoint source pollution or contaminants that resulted from run-offs. Agricultural chemicals and pesticides, seepage from domestic waste, oil spills from cars and from industrial equipment are some examples of this type of pollution. Industrial waste from mining, fisheries, construction activities threaten marine life as well.
Plastic materials are also one of the biggest marine pollutants, globally. In 2006, the UN Environment Programme approximated every square mile of the ocean holds around 46,000 plastic fragments. Plastic pellets cause the annual deaths of millions of seabirds and other marine organisms around the world. EcoWatch states that about 8 million tons of plastic are being discarded in the oceans every year, and 60% of this waste comes from five Asian countries – China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines according to studies on ocean conservancy. Interventions have been recommended, as the threat on marine life and coastal livelihood is critical.
Despite awareness campaigns and the detrimental effects on marine life witnessed by coastal residents, the effort to clean-up and protect marine biodiversity is not enough. Also, government expenditure on cleaning coastal areas is costly. At least 220 million tons of plastics are produced every year for various consumer products. Yet, proper management and disposal of plastic waste has always been a problem.
How Do Coastal Clean-ups and Other Environmental Campaigns Save Our Oceans?
1. Gathering community volunteers to clean shorelines and to observe proper waste disposal promote awareness and instil man’s responsibility towards the planet.
2. Environmental actions expose groups or entities that violate laws that protect marine organisms and their habitat.
3. Clean-ups prompt reduced usage of plastic wares, promotes recycling and proper disposal of plastic debris in coastal areas.
4. To sustain such campaigns, ecologists should also collaborate with local government units and agencies for joint activities. International environmental organizations from countries that implement integrated waste and resource management techniques can also be contacted for offshore assistance.
5. Educated youth and professionals can share what they know about marine pollution, overfishing, ocean warming, acidification and other relevant issues by conducting forums in coastal communities. Fisher folks and their families will appreciate such awareness campaigns as long as discussions are conducted in layman’s language.
TQVS plans to pursue more civic activities to encourage participation of more people in ocean conservation. The Philippines is an archipelago that abounds in remarkable beaches. Let us continue to explore these wonderful tourist destinations and take part in conserving the oceans for this and future generations.