Humans have the power to make things right again.

Beaches are one of nature’s most gorgeous creations, and it can be sad to sometimes see them utterly filled with heaps of garbage and trash.

And so it is quite unfortunate to know that Manila Bay in the Philippines has long suffered from rubbish being washed up on its beach during monsoon season, transforming the once-beautiful tourist destination into a nightmare of plastic and debris.

▼ Where is all the sand?

▼ To make matters worse, strong waves from typhoons
often carry in untold amounts of trash.

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The first 6 pictures show how dirty Manila Bay was in the last few months. And this is in Baywalk, a tourist destination and a spot for joggers and health-conscious individuals. The last 2 pictures show a cleaner bay, where the sand can now be seen. The last 2 photos were taken in November last year. Cleaners there say, because of Amihan, there is no garbage in the area as winds transport them to other places. But when Habagat returns, so will the garbage. The challenge now is not just to do clean up operations , but really a change of mindset among the people. There should be less trash to begin with. Less wastes, less plastic. It's actually easier said than done, but it's not impossible.

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Polluted waters from several rivers also contribute to the buildup, and for some residents, it has come to a point where they have already gotten used to living among trash.

▼ This is not what children — or anybody for that matter — should endure.

But on 27 January 2019, 5,000 volunteers led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources hauled sacks of garbage and domestic waste away in a monumental effort to rid Manila Bay of its dirty image.

▼ The project was dubbed as “The battle for Manila Bay”.

Previous cleanups have been carried before, but few came close to the 45.59 tons of trash that was collected on the campaign’s first day.

The massive rehabilitation effort cost the government approximately 46 billion Philippine pesos (US$877 million) and would be conducted in three phases that covered eight provinces. Manila Bay was just the start.

▼ The end result was nothing short of astonishing.

▼ Filipinos finally reclaimed their beautiful beach on 27 January.

▼ Locals now flock to witness rubbish-free, pristine sunsets.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has stressed that the project is not a one-off event, and that such cleanups will be performed on a weekly basis.

▼ May Manila Bay retain its perfect sunset for years to come.

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#sunset #manilabay

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Even Japan is not immune to such pollution, but cleanup efforts like Manila Bay’s show that while humans are constantly harming the environment, those same hands can also help reduce impact and restore what is lost with the right mindset.

Source: Nextshark
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