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Cuba: Efforts to Clean Rivers Reach Havana Suburbs

Members of the independent Guardabosques group came together and cleaned up a part of the polluted Luyano River with the limited and uncertain means at their disposal, but with a great deal of ingenuity and perseverance, as part of the #RioLuyanoLimpio project. The Luyano River is one of the rivers that meets the sea in Havana Bay.

Known for their continuous volunteer efforts, especially in the suburbs, Guardabosquesjoined the global movement “#trashtagchallenge” on April 20th, which invites people from all over the world to clean a natural setting and to post photos of the before and after.

Plastic containers, many plastic bags, old brooms, truck tyres, fan bases, bicycle frames and decaying fabrics were some of the objects that volunteers removed from the river, located in Havana’s Diez de Octubre municipality.

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