Children join AIT beach cleanup in North Taiwan
CNATAIPEI--United States officials, families and local children cleared trash off a beach in northern Taiwan on Saturday and made an artistic design from some of the objects they picked up, in an activity organized by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
September 29, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The cleanup at Fulong beach was organized to raise public awareness of the problem of marine debris, said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties.
Some 15 Taiwanese children and three local government officials joined a group of about 50 Americans, mostly AIT officials and their families, in the cleanup at the beach along Fulong Bay.
“It went well,” said AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer, who also took part in the activity at the popular beach in New Taipei.
Over a two-hour period, the participants collected bottles, ropes and other small and large items scattered across the beach, he told CNA.
“We had probably 20 bags of trash, I guess,” Zimmer said. “It's good to contribute to the beauty of the beach.”
One of the items found was a tree trunk, which was used, along with other debris, to make a temporary tree-shaped design on the beach, he said.