‘We still had to do it ourselves,’ campaigners warn after Comino cleanup
A group of local activists did a quick cleanup after the latest protest on Comino Island, picking up various types of trash in the area.
“In just 45 minutes, five volunteers managed to collect seven bags of trash from a very small section of Comino’s shoreline. So you can imagine what is left to do,” Nadur Nadif’s Luke Said told Lovin Malta.
“Why did we have to do it ourselves? they questioned afterwards, suggesting that government employees should ensure that no trash is left on Comino.
In a video published by Raniero’s Adventures, the abundant amount of rubbish is well captured, from plastic bottles to pineapples that litter the Natura 2000 site.
“The main objective of the Natura 2000 initiative was to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats which have been listed under the Birds and Habitats Directive, such as stipulated by the European Commission,” Said explained.
“The Comino coastline is home to a number of endemic species such as Anthemis urvilleana and Plantago crypsoide to name a few. Unfortunately, the ever-increasing amount of trash and rubbish on Comino would eventually cover the area that once held so much flora and fauna.
“Furthermore, food waste would further increase the rat population on the island, which would negatively impact other species,” he pointed out.
“Therefore, it is very important to keep this jewel of the Mediterranean Sea free of all litter, which would not only protect Comino’s ecosystem, but also benefit tourism on the island,” he said.
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