From the Eco Warriors 07.05.2022
A Report by Fion Ho
During the long weekend, I had the chance to join a beach clean-up as well as a mangrove clean up at KK wetland with a group of volunteers. Here, I would like to share my first experience of a mangrove clean-up. As usual, we had to prepare our own hand gloves, the difference was that we needed to wear boots. Before we entered the mangrove, the person in charge of the wetland gave us a short briefing about the route and showed us the map. Then, we were provided plastic bags and garbage tongs to help us get small bits of rubbish. I got trapped by the squishy mud a few times and I guess that is the reason why we need to wear boots. Surprisingly, I saw horseshoe crabs, scorpions and lots of other creatures, I even found a mud cram (which was alive). With mild weather and low tide, our group managed to collect a whopping 103kg of rubbish including a lot of foam, water bottles, shoes, cans, straws and even a broken basket in the mud.
After we finished the clean-up, we had a chance to go on a scenic walk around the mangrove. The air was fresh and it made me feel very comfortable. I also went up the observatory tower where I could view the whole area of the mangrove from the top. The wetland is a beautiful place where many creatures thrive. I feel that this experience was really amazing and I got to see many others working together to make the environment a better place. I am very glad to see that our community is aware that we have to take action and influence each other. Start to do something rather than waiting for others to lead as every little thing we do counts.