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In order to inspire effective action aimed at restoring health to our oceans and its inhabitants, the Dawoodi Bohra community initiated a global movement called ‘Turning The Tide Against Plastic Pollution’ in 2018. Since its launch, thousands of community members across the world have joined the movement by engaging in sustained beach and river cleanups as well as adopting a circular economy at community centres and at home.

Ismalic traditions stress the importance of environmental responsibility. The bounties of nature are a gift which humankind must cherish and be thankful for because without them, we would not be able to exist.

As we continue to work together with environmentalists, local and international non-profit organisations and government agencies to beat plastic pollution and bring about a systemic and holistic change in our lifestyles, we are aware that there is still a lot more to be done.

On this World Oceans Day and every day, the Dawoodi Bohras are committed to joining people from different walks of life, passionate about building resilient and dynamic systems for the wellbeing of our planet’s oceans.

Have a look at this video chronicling the journey of our global movement so far:

Mumbai:

In Mumbai Bohras have joined forces with Afroz Shah, environmental activist and United Nations Champion of the Earth, to expand beach-cleaning operations and to highlight the problem of marine pollution.

Turning the Tide Against Plastic Pollution launch event
Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Mithi River, Marol, Mumbai, Turning the Tide, Plastic Pollution, Project Rise, Environment, Afroz Shah
Aljamea students turn the tide against plastic pollution at Mithi River, Mumbai
Mumbai, Zero Waste, Plastic Pollution, Turning the Tide, Plastic Pollution, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, Dawoodi Bohras
Urs event in Mumbai conforms to zero waste standards
Women, Dawoodi bohras, Cleanup, beaches, rivers, Turing the tide, plastic pollution
Bohra women play active role in cleanup drives

Surat:

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Surat campus along with students from other community educational institutes took on the challenge to rejuvenate a stretch of the Tapti River.

UN representatives conduct seminar in Aljamea Surat followed by cleanup activity
Afroz Shah joins Bohra students for Tapti cleanup

Nairobi:

Students from Aljamea’s Nairobi campus spend their weekends engaging in a sustained cleanup of the neighbouring Mbagathi River.

Students from Aljamea Nairobi Participate in Annual KLDA Cleanup Drive
On a Mission to Cleanup Mbagathi River

Chennai:

Project Rise volunteers in association with ‘Save a Turtle’ organisation celebrated ‘International Coastal Cleanup Day’ by cleaning up the shoreline of N4 Kasimedu beach in Chennai.

International coastal cleanup day activities in Chennai

Indore:

Head of Dawoodi Bohra Community felicitated for holding largest zero-waste religious event

Bohras set record for largest zero waste religious event

Karachi:

Students from MSB educational institute Karachi, spend a fun filled day at the beach learning about caring for the environment.

MSB Karachi organises educational beach cleanup activity

Sri Lanka:

The Ashara Mubaraka event in Colombo set a benchmark for environmental responsibility and zero waste.

The Ashara Mubaraka event in Colombo

Singapore:

In Singapore, community members braved high temperatures to clear plastic pollution from a 1.15 kilometer stretch of beach.

Bohras in Singapore organise beach cleanup activity

USA and Canada:

The ‘Turning the Tide’ movement widens its reach with Bohras in the USA & Canada doing their bit in clean-up drives.

Bohras organise cleanup drive in Vancouver
LA Sunset Point Beach cleanup with Afroz and Surfrider
Alameda Creek cleanup in San Francisco