Arab Scouts clean up the beach for International Arab Environment Day
1. Jan 2009
580 Scouts and Guides throughout the Arab region took to the beaches and rivers to help clean up their local water ways. This even included diving beneath the waters to collect rubbish that had washed up on the coastline. A special celebratory ceremony was held at the Alexandria Sea Scout Centre in Egypt under the patronage of the Governor of the Alexandria Governate, with representatives from 18 National Scout Organizations, Government officials, as well as representatives from the World Scout Bureau Arab and Central offices.
Scouts demonstrated their sea-faring skills with displays of swimming, diving, boating and jet skiing whilst the guests heard speeches of encouragement for the efforts of the Scouts to show leadership in cleaning up the local community. Dr. Atif Abdelmageed Abdelrahman, Director of the Arab Region encouraged Scouts to share their knowledge with others in the community, to ensure people not only don't drop rubbish but to demonstrate that they will recycle the rubbish collected. At the conclusion of the speeches the Scouts had collected many bags of waste from the ocean floor that had washed into the port adjacent to the Scout Centre. Scouts in other areas around Egypt and other Arab countries joined in the 'Sea and Sun' clean up campaign. The representatives from Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Morocco and Yemen were all further inspired to continue to encourage their Scouts to be leaders in protecting our common environment. The project is with thanks to the partners of CEDARY, Sea Scout Association (Alexandria), Egyptian Scouts & Girl Guides and Egyptian Ministry of Environment. For more information please see the photo gallery and Sea and Sun website.