KARACHI – Scores of schoolchildren joined US consulate employees on Sunday morning to clean-up Clifton beach to mark the Earth Day.

Speaking to the students, consulate’s Public Affairs Attaché Kevin Murakami applauded their efforts, saying “We thank all the young people who have come out this morning to show their commitment to the environment.

Whatever nationality we are, whatever religion, young or old, today we are all citizens of this planet, Earth. I applaud each and every one of you for being here this morning and doing your part to make our environment cleaner and brighter.”

Speaking on the occasion, Press Attaché Amanda Cauldwell appreciated the students for caring about Karachi’s natural environment.

“I’m so happy to be here today with such energetic, enthusiastic students,” she said while adding, “We can already see how great Clifton Beach looks after we’ve picked up all the trash.”

Participating in the clean-up, in addition to many consulate employees, were English Access students, who take English classes through a programme sponsored by the consulate as well as younger students, who came from many schools across Karachi.

The Earth Day, first celebrated in the United States in 1970, has over the decades become an international day of celebrating our global natural environment.