We must celebrate the victories, too. These aren’t pictures of a ten year challenge but they show what’s possible in a much shorter time if we try. .
Afroz Shah, a lawyer for the Bombay High Court, has been praised for leading what the UN has called the largest beach clean up in history. The 33-year-old began clearing the ocean front with the help of a neighbour back in October 2015. A team led by Shah spent nearly two years picking up 11,684,500 pounds of trash, clearing upstream rivers, putting systems in place to prevent future trash from accumulating, and teaching locals about sustainable waste management. .
Along with clearing the shoreline, Mr Shah's taskforce also cleaned 52 public toilets at the beach and planted 50 coconut trees. Versova beach was used as an unofficial rubbish dump for years and it was considered one of Mumbai's dirtiest stretches of coastline. .
But now, the sea turtles have returned after 20 YEARS!