Dhaka, Sept. 21 -- "My hope is that we reach a stage where we do not have to do the cleaning efforts; where we have awareness not to throw litter just anywhere and have a good garbage handling system," she said, after an event near her residence along the Gulshan lake.

She said she witnesses "new garbage" piling up along the lake "every day".

The embassy cleaned up part of the lake with the support of the Gulshan Society and Dhaka North City Corporation. She thanked them for responding to their call to celebrate the day.

September 21 is observed globally as Coastal Cleanup Day, which is the world's largest volunteer day to protect the environment. Volunteers from all over the world do their part to clean local beaches, rivers, creeks a...